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".
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. 🙏🏼😇 pic.twitter.com/XHII8zw1F2— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 2, 2019
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.
As per my tradition, I wasn’t watching the match 😊 But I’m going to switch it on now just to see this lady...She looks like a match winner.... https://t.co/cn9BLpwfyj— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) July 2, 2019
Find out who she is & I promise I will reimburse her ticket costs for the rest of the India matches!😊 https://t.co/dvRHLwtX2b— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) July 2, 2019
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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Bollywood actor Boman Irani also shared the moment
We should work all our lives to have a spirit like hers.— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) July 2, 2019
Nobody will ask how much you have in your bank when you are 87.
But if you have this???? You’re LOADED!!!!#IndVBan #CWC2019 pic.twitter.com/ekjqTAvGaR
Soon fans took over Twitter and posted some warm tweets.
#CharulataPatel, aged 87, probably the oldest Indian fan in the stadium, is winning hearts with her enthusiasm and has already become a #SocialMedia star! #Cricket #INDvBAN #CWC2019 pic.twitter.com/dvsIdHvBQH— Ananth Rupanagudi (@rananth) July 2, 2019
Some Pakistani cricket fans also praised the captain.
Those who keep criticising @imVkohli 's attitude... See this picture— جون ایلیاء (@Junior_Elia_) July 3, 2019
He is a warrior on the cricket ground. And a gentleman off it.
That's the way a sportsman should be.
big n big respect 🇵🇰#fanboy 😍🇵🇰#INDvBAN#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/fGrELTNInj