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Team India”s superfan Charulata passes away, Tweeple condole



New Delhi: Team India”s superfan Charulata Patel, who garnered overnight attention all across India during the 2019 cricket world cup in England and Wales, has passed away.

She died on January 13, as informed on her Instagram account.

Charulata Patel”s grandchildren shared the news on Instagram, saying: “With a heavy heart that I inform you, our beautiful grandmother took her final breath on 13/01 at 5.30pm. She was such a sweet little lady, it”s true ”small things come in small packages” our Dadi was a delight, she was/is truly extraordinary. She was our world. I want to thank you all for making her feel special last year, she loved the attention.”

“A big thank you to @virat.kohli you made her feel extra special, meeting you and @rohitsharma45 was the best day of her life (she told us this on multiple occasions). May Lord Shiva bless her atman always, please say a prayer”, they added.

As the news spread on the Internet, Twitterati offered condolence to Team India”s SuperFan Dadi Charulata Patel.

The ICC (International Cricket Council) on Thursday shared its condolences on Twitter as well. The tweet read, “R.I.P Charulata Patel ji, the 87-year-old superfan who cheered India on at #CWC19.”

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took to Twitter to share the news. “#TeamIndia”s Superfan Charulata Patel ji will always remain in our hearts and her passion for the game will keep motivating us. May her soul rest in peace,” the BCCI tweeted.

Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan took to Twitter to offer condolences to Team India”s superfan Charulata Patel.

“RIP Charulata Patel Ji… Will always remember your passion for the game. Thank you for your unconditional love and support” he wrote.

Official Team India Supporters Group, Bharat Army offers condolence to Charulata Patel and wrote, “RIP to one of Team India”s biggest fans Charulata Patel. We will forever support your beloved #TeamIndia with as much pride and passion as you did.”

A user wrote: “#TeamIndia”s SuperFan Dadi #CharulataPatel passed away. May the free spirited soul rest in Peace! #Cricket is so lucky to have her as superfan! Love you Dadi! We will miss you #Dadi!”

A post read, “#TeamIndia”s 87-year-old #Superfan #CharulataPatel passes away. The 87-year-old lady who garnered overnight attention across the world after watching the Indian team play in last year”s #WorldCup passed away on January 13. She had won almost everyone”s heart.”


Pacers shine for India on Day 2 of warm-up game




Hamilton: Indian pacers came out with a remarkable performance on second day of the practice game against New Zealand XI being played at the Seddon Park.

On Saturday, the four Indian pacers — Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini — all bowled on immaculate line and lengths and bundled out New Zealand XI for 235.

While Shami was pick of the Indian bowlers as he picked up 3 for 17, Bumrah, Umesh and Saini picked two-two wickets each. Ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin scalped the remaining one wicket.

For New Zealand XI, Henry Cooper top scored with 40 while Rachin Ravindra and captain Daryl Mitchell contributed with 34 and 32 respectively.

With a lead of 28, Indian openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal then came out all guns blazing in the second innings and accumulated 59 runs in the seven overs they played before Stumps.

While Shaw scored 35* off the 25 balls he faced (5 fours and a six), Agarwal too smashed 23 runs off 17 balls (4 fours and a six), swelling India’s lead to 89.

In their first innings, India had been bundled out for 263 riding on Hanuma Vihari’s 101 and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 93.

Brief Scores: India 263 all out and 59/0 (Prithvi Shaw 35*, Mayank Agarwal 23*); New Zealand 235 all out (Henry Cooper 40, Mohammed Shami 3/17

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