During the 2019 Cricket World Cup, an 87-year-old Team India superfan naming Mrs. Charulata Patel became an overnight sensation. She grabbed everyone’s attention with her enthusiasm to support the Indian team in England. However, she has now passed away.
Mrs. Charulata came into the limelight when she was spotted cheering for the ‘Men in Blue’ in a match against Bangladesh.
After the completion of the game, captain Virat Kohli and opener Rohit Sharma met her as well. Both of them walked up to meet their oldest fan to seek her blessings.
Charulata’s official Instagram account posted a picture of her with a message confirming the news of passing away.
“It is with a heavy heart that I inform you, our beautiful grandmother took her final breath on 13/01 at 5.30 pm. She was such a sweet little lady, it’s true ‘small things come in small packages’ our Dadi was a delight, she was/is truly extraordinary. She was our world. I want to thank you all for making her feel special last year, she loved the attention,” the post read.
“A big thank you to @virat.kohli, you made her feel extra special, meeting you and @rohitsharma45 was the best day of her life (she told us this on multiple occasions). May Lord Shiva bless her atman always, please all say a prayer,” the post read further.
During the World Cup, Kohli also arranged match tickets for Charulata and her family for the next game. The Indian skipper also wrote a special message for Team India superfan on the envelope.
“Dear Charulata ji, it’s 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.”
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 2019