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UAE: Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi’s brush with Indian cricket stars in Dubai

Dubai - Actor meets batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and pacer Jasprit Bumrah at Dubai International Airport.



By James Jose

Published: Thu 21 Jan 2021, 12:07 PM

Last updated: Thu 21 Jan 2021, 1:11 PM

As millions of Indians still continue to celebrate the cricket team's stellar showing in Australia and everyone wants to get a piece of them, Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi was one lucky one to have a brush with the nation’s heroes and hear about their exploits from close quarters.

Oberoi, who was on a visit to Dubai, happened to meet middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and pace ace Jasprit Bumrah at the Dubai International Airport on Thursday.

And Oberoi, who was at the Airport managed to meet the duo and spend some time with them.

“Breakfast with the Champions! What an absolute pleasure hanging out and chatting with @jaspritb1 & @cheteshwar_pujara at #dubaiairport, so good to hear about your experiences during the historic test in person! May you guys continue to make the nation proud!” Oberoi posted on Instagram, with a photo of them hanging out.

The Indian squad were returning following a successful tour of Australia where they won the T20 International series 2-1 and the four-match Test series by an identical margin.

Pujara was the rock behind India’s amazing fightback with the 32-year-old keeping the Aussie attack at bay with his bullet-proof defence. The Saurashtra batsman scored 271 runs in eight innings to be fourth on run-scorers’ list. But more than the runs, it was his steely resolve that didn’t give the Australians even a whiff, as he held the innings together.

Meanwhile, Bumrah, the leader of the attack, took 11 wickets from three matches before suffering an injury in Sydney, which forced him to miss the final Test at the Gabba. Still, the 27-year-old finished fifth on the wicket takers’ list.

Oberoi, meanwhile, seems to be in love with the Dubai Airport. The 44-year-old, who has acted in cult classics like Company, Saathiya, Yuva, Omkara, Shootout At Lokhandwala, Rakta Charitra and Lucifer in Malayalam, apart from Amazon Original Inside Edge, which is based on cricket, had arrived in Dubai last week.

He had inadvertently forgotten to carry his visit visa but officials and authorities at the Dubai Airport helped him out. And he had thanked them for their assistance, through a video posted on Instagram.

Photo: Instagram
Photo: Instagram

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