Team India’s superfan Charulata Patel passed away at the age of 87 on 13th January. Charulata was a wheelchair bound elderly women, who caught the attention of the cricket fraternity during the ICC World Cup 2019.
Charulata Patel came in the limelight during team India’s encounter against Bangladesh at the World Cup in Edgbaston last year when she was seen cheering for Virat Kohli led team India with a horn and the tri-colour painted on her face.
Within no time she caught the attention of the internet as fans, commentators and the entire cricketing fraternity commended her enthusiasm and her pictures went viral on social media. Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma even met her after the match and took her blessings.
Charulata was even interviewed by the host broadcaster during the game during which she stated that, "I love this Indian team and all the players are like my kids."
Earlier, Charulata Patel’s social media account, cricket.daadi, confirmed the news of her demise.
"It is with a heavy heart that I inform you, our beautiful grandmother took her final breath on 13/01 at 5.30pm. 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. 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 cricket.daadi post read.
The BCCI also paid homage to Charulata on social media. "#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," the BCCI posted.