Virat Kohli led India to consolidate the semifinal spot against neighbor Bangladesh in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match, and present to cheer the Men in Blue was a fervent 87-year-old fan who met the Indian skipper at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Tuesday following India's qualification in the international tournament.
An elderly woman was seen cheering for India with great enthusiasm. This cricket fan showed her love and passion for the sport in the final overs of the Indian innings when Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni were batting. She was seen rooting for Pant after the southpaw hit a boundary. Soon after, she grabbed the spotlight and the video of her cheering became viral.
Following the match, Kohli went over to meet his most passionate cheerleader on the field and sought her blessings for the next game.
He said: 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.
Man of the match, opener Rohit Sharma too met the elderly fan and spent some time with her.
In an exclusive interview to Republic TV, the 87-year-old talked about her fondness of the sport.
"I want my Indian Team to win the World Cup and I bless them from the bottom of my heart."
When asked about what inspired her to take a keen interest in the gentlemen's game, Patel said that her two sons used to play County Cricket and they used to take her along with them sometimes.
Patel also said that she is a huge fan of two of India's famous and the most loved cricketers of modern day cricket- Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. She then added that Kohli was her favourite, while MS Dhoni was her second favourite.
While the 87-year-old believes that India will definitely lift the trophy, she predicts an India-Australia final.