Indian PUBG League: How Cricketers Play Our Favourite Video Game

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Indian PUBG League: How Cricketers Play Our Favourite Video Game

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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hen Prime Minister Modi asked a parent at the Pariksha Pe Charcha event “Ye PUBG wala hai kya?”, the video became an overnight sensation on social media. It was like watching your desi uncle refer to you as “dude” in order to fit in. But like his Star Wars reference at the Global Citizen Festival, the Prime Minister’s timely pop-culture reference had everyone in splits for all the right reasons. Much like boys crying on TikTok, the game of PUBG has the country hooked, with everyone from college teens to office goers, and now, even the Indian cricket team spending hours sitting on top of buildings in Pochinki with a sniper and a level-3 helmet.

A couple of months ago, the BCCI shared an image of the Indian team which showed the players immersed in a game of PUBG. Jasprit Bumrah was the only one not playing, looking around with the expression of a kid denied a second ride on the ferris wheel. The Indian team is on top of the ICC rankings across formats, and so it’s safe to assume they must have devised their own way of playing PUBG as well.

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