Wasim Akram was heard remarking that even India skipper Rohit Sharma must be “sick” of being in the spotlight all day in a video that has since gone viral. Mayanti Langer had asked fellow commentator and former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjreker about this in Pre-match show of Pakistan vs Afghanistan
Wasim Akram does not lose his composure quickly. However, Mayanti Langer’s inquiry about India at the pre-match programme of the Pakistan vs. Afghanistan Asia Cup Super 4 match in Sharjah clearly angered Akram. Wasim Akram was upset on Thursday because Mayanti began the pre-match show by talking about India’s struggles in the Asia Cup and how to move forward rather than focusing on the match between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Star Sports is the official broadcaster of the Asia Cup 2022 and is known for showing the Indian side of events for obvious reasons.
The conversation between Host Mayanti Langer, Sanjay Manjrekar and Wasim Akram was this:
Mayanti Langer: “They lost a lot of wickets, so you are not (reaching the death overs) with wickets in hand. Are you gonna continue with this to the World Cup?”
Wasim Akram: “All yours Sanjay!”
Mayanti Langer: “No Wasim, I wanna hear what you wanna say.”
Wasim Akram: “Rohit Sharma is probably sick watching himself on TV. Two other teams are playing. I discussed India yesterday all day long. Today is Pakistan vs Afghanistan. That’s why I am saying, Sanjay all yours.”
Here’s the video:
In a thrilling one-wicket victory over Afghanistan on Wednesday, Pakistan fast bowler Naseem Shah struck two last-over sixes, eliminating rival India and setting up an Asia Cup final versus Sri Lanka.
The chances of India and Afghanistan of making it to the final were dashed when Pakistan, chasing 130, was in serious difficulty at 118-9 when number 10 Naseem pushed two shots over the fence off Fazalhaq Farooqi to win in Sharjah with four balls to spare.