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Officials stop a pitch invader World Cup match between India and Australia at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday. Image Credit: AFP

Chennai: A pitch invader breached heavy security and fencing to break onto the field at the Cricket World Cup game between India and Australia on Sunday, getting to within touching distance of players including superstar Virat Kohli.

British YouTube prankster Daniel Jarvis stunned the crowd of around 30,000 at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium when he appeared wearing a blue India team shirt with “Jarvo 69” written on the back.

Kohli appeared to speak with Jarvis before security escorted him away.

Serial pitch invader

Jarvis has become a serial pitch invader, making it onto the field three times during England’s home Test series against India in 2021.

He was charged with aggravated trespass after colliding with England player Jonny Bairstow at the Oval.

“How has Jarvo managed to get a visa when not a single Pakistani journalist has one?” asked Wisden cricket journalist Ben Gardner on social media on Sunday.

Pakistan media and fans have been frustrated in their attempts to get to India for the World Cup due to visa delays.