Cheering grandma Charulata Patel who won people's hearts
On Tuesday night when India raced to the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup defeating Bangladesh, the focus of the match was on more than the victory of the Indian side.
On Tuesday night when India raced to the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup defeating Bangladesh, the focus of the match was on more than the victory of the Indian side. Everyone's attention was fixated on an elderly lady who was cheering the Indian side from the stands, with the tricolour painted on her cheeks.
#Dadikaswag is trending worldwide and this Hindi hashtag proves that there is no age limit to the enjoyment of cricket, and that fans come in all ages. 87-year-old Charulata Patel, a Tanzania-born fan of Indian origin was trending on Twitter by the end of the match. She told news channels after the match that all her kids have played county cricket and that she is crazy about the Indian side. She was in England when India won the 1983 World Cup and she believes that this time India will lift the World Cup as she cheers for them from the stands.
Salute #CharulataPatel, 87 year old & probably 1 of the MOST passionate & dedicated fans I've ever seen. Age is just a number, passion takes you leaps & bounds.. ????????????— Aparna Pawar (@AparnaPawar13) July 3, 2019
Dadi ka SWAG ???? ❤️
This is what defines CRICKET crazy in #India the best!!#Cwc19 #TeamIndia #INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/3p7e6p5e7e
Fans are already hoping that Charulata will lift the World Cup along with the Indian team.
How interesting and heart-warming moment it would be to watch her lifting the cup with the men in blue.— Tripti Jain (@triptijain0511) July 3, 2019
With strike rate (of passion) @1000% yesterday, this charming lady proved that age is just a number
Way to go #charulatapatel#cwc2019 pic.twitter.com/37W9sKdi8f
By the end of the India-Bangladesh match yesterday, she was a fixture in all major television channels in India giving interviews.
#WATCH 87 year old Charulata Patel who was seen cheering for India in the stands during #BANvIND match: India will win the world cup. I pray to Lord Ganesha that India wins. I bless the team always. #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/lo3BtN7NtD— ANI (@ANI) July 2, 2019
I told #ViratKohli, Aise hee khelte raho, mera ashirwad Indian team ke saath hein, says India's special 87-year-old fan, Charulata Patel. She says she felt very special when he came to meet & hug her. #WorldCup2019 #WorldCup @ICC @imVkohli #CharulataPatel pic.twitter.com/H5DVp9xV9K— ET NOW (@ETNOWlive) July 3, 2019
Indian industrialist Anand Mahindra tweeted to say that he will sponsor all the tickets for Patel to watch the rest of the India matches.