Muhammad Sarim Akhtar a.k.a ‘the meme guy’ and ‘Angry Pakistani fan’ is now famous for being the distraught Pakistani cricket guy who caught the camera’s eye for his amazing expression. After watching Sarfaraz Ahmed drop an easy catch, a disappointed and angry Akhtar came up such facial expressions that pretty much changed his life.
It was priceless and this face of disappointment now proudly sits across T-shirts worn by Cricket fans.
On 12th May, during the Pakistan vs Australia match in Taunton, Akhtar’s epic reaction went viral after the TV cameras spotted him looking angry and disappointed with hands on his hips.
That look was extremely relatable though. Apparently, Akhtar is a London resident who even explained to an ICC commentator that he was unhappy by a dropped catch in the field, which is what prompted the reaction.
As per the meme guy, “I could see it land on his hand and then he dropped it, so it was really disappointing to see it happen right in front of me. And I couldn’t say anything because he had just come off a family tragedy, so I didn’t shout at him.”
The same day, ICC acknowledged the meme guy’s presence and tweeted about it. Quickly his picture went viral and prompted a series of the reaction online. Meme makers came up with hilarious memes and jokes for the same showcasing the angry Pakistani fan.
And hence, began the meme fest that has now escalated to being worn as fashion too by enthusiastic cricket fans.
After ICC’s tweet went viral, several cricket fans started coming up with their own version of memes. A twitter user Abdullah Faiz@Abdulla86151619 posted a meme that was as relatable as the meme guy’s facial expressions.
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— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 26, 2019
“A group of Pakistan fans have come to today’s game wearing @msarimakhtar (A.K.A the ‘Meme Guy’) T-shirts,” tweeted Cricket World Cup along with the video. An enthusiastic anchor can be seen interviewing a bunch of fans wearing the meme T-shirt.