Team India players seen playing PUBG at Mumbai airport before leaving for World Cup
Chahal reveals 7-8 Indians cricketers play PUBG and most of the time the unorthodox leggie plays the online game with MS Dhoni.
Updated - May 24, 2019 8:49 am
Team India led by Virat Kohli on Wednesday left for the ICC World Cup to be played in England and Wales. Wearing formals, the players took the flight from Mumbai and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted some pictures of the players passing their time on gadgets at the airport. India will kick-off their campaign at the mega event on June 5 when they will play South Africa at Rose Bowl, Southampton.
Meanwhile, as the squad killed its time waiting at the airport, a few of the members like Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Shami were seen busy with multiplayer online game PUBG. Wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni, who is set to play his fourth and final World Cup, was also seen engrossed in a device sitting opposite to Chahal that the eagle-eyed fans assumed he too was having a go at the game. The game of PUBG has been quite a sensation in the world, including India, and there have been calls to ban the game since it has led to deaths, either through accident or suicide.
— SHUBHAM B (@borchateshu) May 21, 2019
Dhoni and Chahal playing PubG! 😂
— Kanupriya (@kanupriiya) May 22, 2019
Indian cricketers take time out to play the game together, reveals Chahal
According to a report in the Hindustan Times, Chahal had said earlier that the Indian cricketers take out time to play the game together.
“Whenever I feel something, I always talk to the senior players — Virat (Kohli) bhaiya, Mahi (MS Dhoni) bhai, Rohit (Sharma) bhaiya, Shikhar (Dhawan) bhaiya. They always help me. When Virat bhaiya is not there, I always speak to Rohit bhaiya and ask him what to do and what not to do. Mahi bhai and I play PUBG together sometimes (laughs). Seven-eight people play PUBG for two hours. We go for dinners, have fun,” the wrist-spinner was quoted as saying.
India will play New Zealand and Bangladesh in two warm-up games on May 25 and May 28, respectively, before kicking off their campaign at the World Cup. The tournament will be played in a round-robin format with 10 participating teams playing each other nine times. The top four point-earners will make the semi-finals.
India has won the World Cup in 1983 and 2011 when Dhoni was the captain.