Former Pakistan cricketer-turned-commentator Ramiz Raja keeps finding ways of coming up in the news every now and then – most of the time for his tongue-in-cheek on-air comments and it was not much different during the post-match presentation ceremony after the 3rd T20I between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Lahore on Wednesday. So much so, that he made Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin laugh too.
After Sri Lanka won the 3rd T20I to win the series 3-0, spinner Wanindu Hasaranga was adjudged the Man of the Match for his spell of 3/21 which helped his side beat Pakistan. As Hasaranga, apparently isn’t fluent in English, the presenter Ramiz asked Sri Lankan chief selector Asantha de Mel to act as a translator for the budding cricketer.
Not to spoil anything for the reader, this is how the conversation went:
Ramiz: We’ll have a translator, Asantha de Mel, who’s the chief selector. You (Hasaranga) better get the wordings right! The chief selector is going to…now translate everything. (Posing towards the bowler) Fantastic performance! Is this the best you’ve ever bowled?
Hasaranga: Yes. (At this point, Ramiz turned the mic towards Asantha, even though the bowler had clearly replied in English saying ‘yes’)
Asantha: Yeah he says that it’s the best.
Ramiz: (smiling) Yeah this was understood quite nicely.
A clip of the conversation can be seen here:
Translator : He said yes
David Brent bets IPL (@DavidBrentIPL) October 9, 2019
The video of Ramiz asking Asantha to translate ‘yes’ to English went so viral that later R Ashwin too retweeted the video with the caption: ‘Lmao morning!!’.
Lmao morning!! https://t.co/BlICuGcJPv
Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 10, 2019
Here are a few more reactions:
Not the translator’s fault to be honest. Ramiz Raja shoves the mic in his face
Dileep Krishna (@benigntumour) October 9, 2019
I am badly looking a job like this translater
Dhananjay Verma (@verma_dhananjay) October 9, 2019
Bengaluru Hudga (@bengaluru_hudga) October 9, 2019
Earlier, in the absence of rested frontline seamers Isuru Udana and Nuwan Pradeep, Sri Lanka bowled with disciplined line and length despite Haris Sohail (52) scoring a fighting half-century and Babar Azam making 27 before Hasaranga turned the tables in his team’s favor.
Sri Lanka lost the preceding one-day series 2-0 but completed an upset in the Twenty20s by clean sweeping a three-match series for the first time.