During India’s encounter with Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Tuesday, an 87-year-old Indian fan became the cynosure of all eyes. It was her spirit and enthusiasm towards the game that grabbed the eyeballs. The old woman was identified as Charulata Patel who was seen blowing a horn and immediately caught the attention of the internet as many fans praised her energy and shared pictures of her on social media.
India captain Virat Kohli too was awestruck by the octogenarian’s energy and her dedication to the game. The no.1 ODI batsman met the woman on his knees and hands folded to take her blessings and later shared the pictures on social media.
“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,” wrote the ‘run machine’ on the microblogging website Twitter.
Talking about the game, India beat Bangladesh by 28 runs to confirm a berth in semi-finals. Blessed with a century (104) from Rohit Sharma in the first innings, India posted a total of 314 runs on the board. Mustafizur Rahman was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 5 for 59 in 10 overs.
However, India successfully guarded their fort with the likes of Jasprit Bumrah (4 for 55) and Hardik Pandya (3 for 60) to make sure that Bangladesh pack their bags soon after the league round of the ongoing World Cup.