Yuzvendra Chahal reveals the pranksters in Team India
Yuzvendra Chahal was not picked for the T20I series against West Indies and South Africa. (Reuters Photo)
It is no hidden secret that the Indian cricket team is full of pranksters. Players have been seen pulling off pranks on their teammates a number of times and leading leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal once again highlighted this fact while addressing the gathering at India Today Mind Rocks 2019 in New Delhi on Saturday.
Cricketers look all tense and passionate on the field but they do have a funny bone that helps in keeping the Indian dressing room atmosphere very light, revealed wrist-spinner Chahal.
Chahal, who made his India debut in 2016, is relatively a newer member in the side, but the 29-year-old said the senior players have never made him feel left out.
"These days we play dumb-charades. I credit my seniors that they don't let you feel like an outsider and you can talk to anyone at any time. Mahi bhai whenever we play PUBG together or talk, it doesn't feel like we are talking to MAHI BHAI. He is a real prankster and so is Rohit bhaiya."
"Virat bhaiya is a silent killer. He intervenes in other pranks and does his own thing as he knows no one will reply. We always listen to songs, Virat bhaiya, Shikhar bhaiya play Punjabi songs all the time."
Yuzvendra Chahal, who was part of India's 2019 World Cup squad, went on to reveal that he shares great camaraderie with India opener Rohit Sharma and also likes to play prank on Rohit's wife Ritika Sajdeh.
"I think I spend more time with Rohit bhaiya. We have fun and share a lot. I like teasing Bhabhi (Ritika) until she doesn't mind."
Talking about India captain Virat Kohli, Chahal said his fitness regime and commitment towards the game is quite inspiring.
"A perfect example (of Virat's commitment) as he became vegan. His lifestyle and going to the gym even after 7-8 hours of shooting. Even if we get 30% of such qualities we would become so much better."
Yuzvendra Chahal has played only 1 ODI -- in West Indies since the World Cup. Chahal, along with his wrist-spin partner have been kept away from the T20I set-up as the team management is looking to add to the bench strength in the lead up to next year's T20 World Cup.
Chahal had missed the T20I series against West Indies and was also not part of the T20I squad for the series against South Africa at home.