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    Sputnik (New Delhi): As the Indian cricket team confronted a spirited Bangladesh on Tuesday night the television and mobile screen showcased a highly enthusiastic octogenarian lady cheering for the “Men in Blues” on every shot being played and delivery being bowled. She soon captured the attention of the sea of cricket lovers present.

    Dressed in a traditional Indian saree and sweater with the Indian flag painted on her cheeks, the 87-year-old was inspiring all present there. On every boundary being scored and six being smashed over the boundary or a run being taken, for most of the people it was astonishing to find the elderly fan blowing the vuvuzela for the team. Her pleasant sight instantly caught the cameraman’s attention and soon turned into a favourite of commentators’ reactions.

    Indian skipper Virat Kohli and player Rohit Sharma were overwhelmed to see such a great fan of their team present there. He went on to personally meet the wheel-chaired Charulata Patel and took her blessings.

    Kohli shared the moment and twitted: “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".

    Looking at her enthusiasm on the TV screen, top Indian industrialist Anand Mahindra took to Twitter to express his joy as well. He offered to sponsor her tickets for future games if fans found out her identity.

    The Tanzania-born woman, however, said she has always been proud of the Indian cricket team as her parents came from India.

    In an interview with the site ICC, the woman said, “I like cricket because my children used to play cricket for Surrey".

    Former England player Michael Vaughan also shared her picture on his Instagram, saying it’s the picture of the world cup for him.

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    Love this ... No idea how old this lady is but it’s the picture of the World Cup for me ... #CWC19

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    Bollywood actor Boman Irani also shared the moment

    Soon fans took over Twitter and posted some warm tweets.

    Some Pakistani cricket fans also praised the captain.


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