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Team India 'Superfan' Charulata Patel dies, BCCI expresses his condolences

Charulata Patel Team India 'Superfan' Charulata Patel dies, BCCI expresses his condolences
Noah Ferguson | 19 January, 2020, 14:02

Expressing grief, BCCI wrote, "Team India's Superfan Charulata Patelji will always remain in our hearts and her passion for the game will keep motivating us". He breathed their last at 5.30 pm on 13 January.

Patel rose to fame when she was spotted by the camera crew blowing a vuvuzela during the India-Bangladesh ODI. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who was commentating during that game, had also hailed her.

Post the game Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were seen interacting with Patel and seeking her blessings. This comes after she had become famous at 2019's Cricket World Cup for being a constant at all of Team India's matches and celebrating with them whenever the chance arose. Even though she was born in India, she had said she took pride in the Indian cricket team since her parents are from there.

The unfortunate news was confirmed by Charulata Patel's Instagram handle, cricket.daadi. Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan praised the 87-year-old for her unconditional love and support to the "Men in Blue". She was our world.

The Board, on Thursday, shared its condolences on Twitter, as well.

"With a heavy heart, I tell you that our handsome grandmother took her last breath on January 13th at 5:30 pm", it said in the post. Will always remember your passion for the game.

"She was such a cute little lady, it is true that small things come in small packages. With her blessing, on to the next one", Kohli had tweeted with pictures in which he was looking for her blessing.

The BCCI also paid homage to Charulata on social media.

Kohli had written on his Twitter page, "Also would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji".

They thanked Kohli for making her a social media sensation a year ago, saying "she loved the attention".

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