Eighty-Seven year old Indian cricket team fan Charulata Patel’s meeting with Indian captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma has been one of the most lovely stories of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 so far.
Patel was spotted in the stands during India’s game against Bangladesh, enthusiastically blowing a vuvuzela and supporting her team. Her enthusiasm caught everyone’s attention, and after the match, captain Kohli and Rohit were seen talking to her.
Late after the match, Patel’s grand-daughter Anjali told The Times Of India, “When he (Kohli) hugged her (Patel), he said ‘Please come for all our matches.’ , to which she replied saying that she did not have tickets for all of them. Kohli then promised to arrange for tickets for the last group stage game, the semi-final and final if India makes to it.
Patel was seen supporting her team during India’s match against Sri Lanka at Leeds as promised by Virat Kohli.
In a tweet shared by the official BCCI account, a hand-written letter that Kohli wrote for Patel can be seen, which read, “Dear Charulata Ji, It is so inspiring to see your love and passion for our team and I hope you enjoy the games with your family. Lots of Love and Regards, Virat.”
The team is getting ready for the all-important semi-final. With fans just like Charulata Patel, they will definitely not be short of support or inspiration!