Published: Sun, January 19, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Cricket 'superfan' granny dies at 87

Cricket 'superfan' granny dies at 87

During the ICC World Cup 2019, Virat Kohli's Team India had found their biggest super fan in the 87-year-old Charulata Patel who was seen cheering for the men in blue from the stands.

According to Charulata's Instagram handle, she breathed her last on January 12.

"In an interview with ANI during the World Cup, she had said that she was present at Lords when India lifted the World Cup in 1983 under Kapil Dev as well".

Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan on Thursday condoled the demise of super cricket fan, Charulata Patel, saying that the 87-year-old will always be remembered for her passion for the game. "May Lord Shiva bless her atman always, please all say a prayer", the Instagram post read. After the match, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli additionally went to him.

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma also met and thanked her after India's win against Bangladesh in Birmingham.

Charulata had won nearly everyone's heart after she went to the Edgbaston Cricket in Birmingham to see India's round-robin match against Bangladesh in July a year ago. However, Indian Team was knocked out from the semi-finals and her wish remained unfulfilled. She was our world.

"It is with a heavy heart that I inform you, our attractive grandmother took her final breath on 13/01 at 5.30pm". In the letter, the Indian captain had written, "It is so inspiring to see your love and passion for our team and I hope you enjoy the games with your family".

"She was such a cute little lady, it is true that small things come in small packages. With her blessings, on to the next one", Kohli tweeted. I want to thank you all for making you feel special previous year. "Lots of love and regards". "May her soul rest in peace", read the tweet from BCCI's official Twitter handle.

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