Charulata Patel: 87-year-old fan of Virat Kohli who won hearts at Birmingham

87-year-old Charulatha Patel won hearts at the India vs Bangladesh match in ICC Cricket World Cup yesterday with her enthusiasm at Birmingham. Her spirit truly captures the essence of the game; after the match, both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli went to personally meet Patel. She told “Virat came to meet me after the match. He touched my feet and I gave him my blessings. I told him to keep up the good work and win the World Cup. I always pray for the Indian team’s success. From the bottom of my heart, I wish the Indian cricket team all the best.”

The industrialist Anand Mahindra said that he had started watching the match due to the presence of 87-year-old Charulata Patel and that India should have her present for the semi-finals and finals of the World Cup. And now, he has offered to sponsor her tickets for future games. Mahindra, who said he did not watch India games normally, tweeted that he had started watching the match due to the presence of Patel. After the match, Mahindra tweeted, “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!”

After Anand Mahindra tweeted his excitement to watch Charulata on the screen, one of his fans tweeted to him saying, “Why don’t you sponsor her?”To which he replied, “Find out who she is & I promise I will reimburse her ticket costs for the rest of the India matches!”

Charulata Patel said she was born in Tanzania, but she always took pride in the Indian cricket team since her parents are from there. She said she had begun tracking cricket actively since her retirement 20 years ago.“For 20 year. I feel like they are my kids so I feel very happy to see them,” Patel said. In an interview to the ICC site, she said, “I like cricket because my children used to play cricket for Surrey.”



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