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Age is just a number: Kohli, Rohit meet 87-year-old superfan Charulata Patel and the internet can't keep calm

Cameras caught the Tanzanian-born Patel blowing into a trumpet while cheering with fellow Indian supporters
Virat Kohli with 87-year-old Charulata Patel.

The Telegraph   |     |   Published 03.07.19, 08:12 AM

Age is just a number; young and old are just words.

This was proven by an octogenarian in the stands of yesterday's ICC Cricket World Cup match between India and Bangladesh.

Charulata Patel, 87, was seen sitting on a wheelchair in the stands and cheering for the Indian cricket team. 'Watching them (India) play there, I feel my kids are playing there,' she said during the match.

Cameras caught the Tanzanian-born blowing into a trumpet while cheering with fellow Indian supporters.

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After India won the match by 28 runs and proceeded to the semis, skipper Virat Kohli and man of the match Rohit Sharma headed straight to the 87-year-old and acknowledged her.

She was ecstatic on meeting them and said that it felt like she was meeting her own children.

Following the match, captain Kohli took to Twitter to thank his fans, the 87-year-old, and said: 'Age is just a number, passion takes you leaps & bounds. With her blessings, on to the next one.'

She seemed to be confident with the fact that India will lift the trophy. 'I pray to Lord Ganesha that India wins (sic). I bless the team always. When Kapil paaji won the World Cup in 1983, I was there as well,' she said to ANI.

Cricketers , former players and commentators were also very happy to see Charulata Patel's enthusiasm and love for the game and the Indian cricket team. They did not hold back and expressed their appreciation and love for the superfan who was born in Tanzania and lives in the UK.

The chairman of the Mahindra Group, Anand Gopal Mahindra, was also bowled over by her enthusiasm and said that he would 'reimburse' the 87-year-old's World Cup tickets.

It wasn't just cricketers and businessmen who were won over by Charulata Patel. Economists, political parties, people from the film fraternity, almost every one on the internet was expressing their enthusiasm for the octogenarian.

India will face Sri Lanka next on Saturday and members of the Twitterati are hoping to again see the superfan in the stands.



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