India vs Bangladesh, World Cup 2019: Meet 87-year-old Indian fan Charulata Patel!
Charulata Patel| India vs Bangladesh, World Cup 2019: India became the second semi-finalist on Tuesday, after the men-in-blue beat Bangladesh by 28 runs in India vs Bangladesh World Cup cricket match at Edgbaston in Birmingham. While India celebrated its victory, 87-year-old Charulata Patel caught the camera eye and became a twitter star overnight. An excited Charulata Patel attracted all the cameras as she enthusiastically blew her trumpet, cheering for Virat Kohli -led Indian cricket team from the stands, celebrating all boundaries and wickets.
As Rohit Sharma won the man of the match trophy, the 87-year-old super fan, Charulata Patel became the unofficial fan of the match, winning hearts across the world with her spirited vigour. Charulata Patel not only caught the eye of the cameras, commentators and viewers but also the Indian team, as skipper Virat Kohli and man of the match Rohit Sharma went to meet Charulata Patel and take her blessings.
Virat Kohli even posted a picture, sharing the moment on twitter and on his instagram page with the caption, "would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji. She's 87 and probably one of the most passionate & dedicated fans I've ever seen. Age is just a number, passion takes you leaps & bounds. With her blessings, on to the next one."
When asked about her cricket passion, Charulata Patel said, "I have been watching cricket for last many decades, from the time I was in Africa. Earlier I used to watch on TV when I was working, but now that I am retired I watch it live. " Charulata Patel was also present on the stands when India won its first world cup in 1983.
The Mahindra Group Chairma, Anand Mahindra, in a tweet claimed that 87-year-old Charulata Patel is Indian cricket team's lucky charm and that she should be given free ticket to the semi-finals and finals of World Cup 2019.
Anand Mahindra later tweeted saying he would like to reimburse her ticket costs for the rest of the India matches.