The Indian cricket team has lost one of its special supporters, Mrs. Charulata Patel. She was 87-year-old and passed away on January 13.
Popularly known as ‘Cricket Dadi,’ Charulata showcased her enthusiasm and passion towards cricket in the 2019 World Cup.
Charulata was first spotted in a match between India and Bangladesh at Edgbaston last year. She was seen cheering for the ‘Men in Blue’ with full energy. Her pictures of blowing air horn with tri-color painted on her face went viral.
After the match, both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma met the superfan and took her blessings. The Indian skipper was so happy that he arranged tickets for Charulata and her family for the next game and even pinned a heartwarming note.
After her demise, cricketers, BCCI, ICC, and others paid tributes to the energetic fan.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
#TeamIndia's Superfan Charulata Patel ji will always remain in our hearts and her passion for the game will keep motivating us.
May her soul rest in peace pic.twitter.com/WUTQPWCpJR
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 16, 2020
RIP Charulata Patel Ji 🙏.. Will always remember your passion for the game. Thank you for your unconditional love and support. ❤ https://t.co/cagXV0ghW4
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) January 16, 2020
Cricket is getting popular day by day because of such fans Heartfelt condolences to the family members of Charulata patel https://t.co/nWuv4S42s7
— Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) January 16, 2020
Thank you, Charulata Patel, for being such an inspiration to us. Your soul lives on through every passionate, Indian cricket fan. pic.twitter.com/lz9oRBbuQx
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) January 16, 2020
RIP to one of Team India’s biggest fans Charulata Patel.
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) January 15, 2020
— ICC (@ICC) January 16, 2020
RIP Charulata Patel ji. You will always remain a true inspiration. 💗🙏🏼 https://t.co/HeviD1GAwu
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) January 16, 2020
Charulata Patel ji proved that love for the game knows no age.
Onha da cricket lai inna passion sannu hamesha motivate karda rahega. ♥️ 🇮🇳 https://t.co/gL6cj6SY9w
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) January 16, 2020
RIP, Charulata Patel ji 🙏🏻
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 16, 2020
We are sad to learn about the passing of Charulata Patel ji, the adorable 87-year old fan who cheered for 🇮🇳 through last year's #CWC in England. She left for her heavenly abode this Monday.
May her soul rest in peace🙏 pic.twitter.com/4rpI0Y97Hq
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) January 16, 2020
Fans are at the heart of a team, and Charulata Patel ji's passion will always be an inspiration for #TeamIndia.
May her soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/NJkD2aYsFZ
— Delhi Capitals (Tweeting from 🇦🇪) (@DelhiCapitals) January 16, 2020