One of the sweetest and most heartwarming sights of this World Cup was witnessed on Tuesday when India and Bangladesh were locking horns against each other in Birmingham. An elderly Indian fan left everyone pleasantly surprised with her spirit and enthusiasm. She was seen blowing a horn and immediately caught the attention of the internet as many fans praised her energy and shared pictures of her on social media.
The woman was 87-year-old Charulata Patel. The sight was one of the best of this tournament. However, after the game, the fans witnessed even a better sight as India skipper Virat Kohli himself walked up to her and sought her blessings. The superstar kneeled down to her and talked to her with folded hands.
Kohli himself took to Twitter to share few pictures of those heartwarming moments as he thanked the fans. He lavished praise on the elderly fan, writing:
“Also would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji. She’s 87 and probably one of the most passionate & dedicated fans I’ve ever seen. Age is just a number, passion takes you leaps & bounds. With her blessings, on to the next one. ???”
Also would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji. She's 87 and probably one of the most passionate & dedicated fans I've ever seen. Age is just a number, passion takes you leaps & bounds. With her blessings, on to the next one. ??? pic.twitter.com/XHII8zw1F2
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 2, 2019
Talking about the game, India beat Bangladesh by 28 runs to enter the semis. Rohit Sharma once again starred with the bat, scoring the fourth century of this tournament as India posted 314 for 9. India were looking well set to post well in excess of 300 after their openers Rohit and KL Rahul added 180 runs for the first wicket. However, riding on Mustafizur Rahman‘s 5-wicket haul, Bangladesh managed to pull things back and restrict India to 314.
— ICC (@ICC) July 2, 2019
In reply, Bangladesh were all out for 286. The Tigers were looking well in contention at one stage when Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim were batting. However, once Rahim departed, Bangladesh kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Shakib did manage to score another fifty but he too failed to convert it into a big score. Towards the end, Mohammad Saifuddin and Sabbir Rahman threatened India but the latter’s pacers did well. Jasprit Bumrah then ended the game by dismissing Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur on consecutive balls.