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We are the 12th man of Indian team, says Bharat Army on Chahal TV

Bharat Army travels with Team India on tours to support them.

Bharat Army and Yuzvendra Chahal
Bharat Army and Yuzvendra Chahal. (Photo Source: Twitter)

They have organised themselves on the ‘fan troops’ that various nations have, in various team sports. They have also become famous and popular with the Men in Blue performing consistently well, the Bharat Army’s fame has also spread briskly in the media. Recently, the ‘army’ members made their presence felt at the venues in Australia and New Zealand where India won back-to-back ODI series.

After winning their first-ever bilateral ODI series Down under 2-1, India thumped New Zealand 4-1 to pick their best-ever victory in an away bilateral ODI series against the Kiwis.

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Members of the Bharat Army also appeared on Chahal TV, a show hosted by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on bcci.tv, after the fifth ODI between New Zealand and India in Wellington on Sunday which the visitors won by 35 runs. The Chahal TV was launched during the ODI series between Australia and India last month and it soon gained popularity as the fans get to see their favourite cricketers talk about the game with the cricketer host.

“Bharat Army was founded 20 years ago in the UK. After that, it spread all over. You’ve seen them in Australia, New Zealand and in India as well. Wherever the team travels we are there to support them. We call ourselves the 12th man of the Indian team,” a member of the outfit said on Chahal TV.

The group members also dedicated a special song to Chahal, who played a key role in the third ODI against Australia to win the series for India, after the interview and it was posted by the BCCI on social media.

Rohit jokes about making Chahal India’s No.3 batsman

There is also a fun factor with Chahal TV which is enjoyed by the fans. India’s stand-in captain Rohit Sharma, for instance, spoke to Chahal after the fifth ODI where he joked about making the anchor India’s new No.3 batsman. He said this after Chahal asked whether he could be promoted to the plum batting position in the three-match T20I series starting Wednesday as regular captain Virat Kohli was not playing.

Chahal was India’s highest scorer with 18 not out in the fourth ODI in Hamilton that New Zealand won after bundling out the visitors for a paltry 92.

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