A 87-year-old Indian fan cheering for the 'Men in Blue' at the Edgbaston stadium against Bangladesh on Tuesday, July 2, has become a new social media sensation.
The fan identified as Charulata Patel, a Tanzanian woman of Indian origin was seen blowing a trumpet and cheering the Indian team from the stands.
So much for her enthusiasm, that skipper Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma stopped by the stands to greet oldest Indian fan present at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
Taking to Twitter, Kohli wrote: "Also would like to thank all our fans for all the love and support and especially Charulata Patel ji. She's 87 and probably one of the most passionate and dedicated fans I've ever seen. Age is just a number, the passion takes you leaps and bounds. With her blessings, on to the next one."
Patel was seen cheering enthusiastically throughout the match. She blew a yellow vuvuzela like a child on every boundary scored. She also kept waving the tricolour.
Patel, who is said to keep a close track of the team, wishes to be present when India lifts the World Cup at the iconic Lord's on July 14.
The Men in Blue road on a brilliant 104 from Rohit Sharma -- his fourth century in this edition of the showpiece event -- to post 314/9 in their 50 overs. Defending 314, in-form Shakib al Hasan was the only real threat for the Indian bowlers as the Bangladesh batsmen came out pretty subdued in their chase. And once Hardik Pandya sent back Shakib for 66 in the 34th over, it was advantage India.
Speaking at the end of the game, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said: "That was the match we had to win. We couldn't make it but there was some good performance by Mustafizur. One of them had to go on and score 80-90. A bit of luck could have gone in our favour. The tournament has been nice, exceptional performance by Shakib and Mushy (Mushfiqur) batted really well right through. We will try to play our best in the last game. They were here supporting us today as well."
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