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AFP
January 17, 2020

India’s superfan granny dies

Sports

AFP
January 17, 2020

NEW DELHI: India’s cricket bosses led nationwide tributes Thursday following the death of the country’s wheelchair-bound “superfan” Charulata Patel at the age of 87.

The grandmother shot to attention after being spotted in the crowd watching India play Bangladesh at last year’s World Cup in England, enthusiastically blowing a vuvuzela and with the Indian tricolour painted on her cheeks.

After the match — which India won — captain Virat Kohli and deputy captain Rohit Sharma sought out Patel and asked for her blessings for the rest of their campaign.

She later featured in a Pepsi advert cheering on the Indian team for the tournament. Kohli said that she was “one of the most passionate and dedicated fans I’ve ever seen”.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) paid tribute on Twitter after Patel’s family announced her death.