An octogenarian fan stole the limelight with her sheer enthusiasm as India defeated Bangladesh by 28 runs at Edgbaston on Tuesday.
Charulatha Patel, 87, attracted all the cameras as she enthusiastically blew her trumpet, cheering for Kohli and his men from the stands, news portal LiveMint reported.
Wearing a Tricolour scarf and with a bright yellow vuvuzela and the national flag in hand, Charulatha was spotted celebrating every moment of India’s win.
Understandably, she became an instant favourite amongst not only the fans and commentators but also the Indian team.
After the match, Indian captain Virat Kohli went over to meet her and spend a little time with her. Kohli shared the moment on Twitter and wrote, “Also 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.”
Her enthusiasm also caught the attention of Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra. The industrialist believes Charulata is Team India’s lucky charm, thanks to her enthusiasm and passion.
He wrote on twitter: “Ok, watched the last over & it had all the drama I needed. The best victories are those that make you bite your nails at 1st & then make it look easy in the end. Shabash, India & make sure this match-winning lady is present at the semifinals & finals…give her a free ticket!”