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India vs Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli Keeps His Promise, Arranges Tickets For 87 Year-Old Charulata Patel

Cricketnext Staff |July 6, 2019, 7:01 PM IST
India vs Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli Keeps His Promise, Arranges Tickets For 87 Year-Old Charulata Patel

Eighty-Seven year old Indian cricket team fan Charulata Patel’s impromptu meeting with Indian captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma has been one of the more heart-warming stories of the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup so far.

Patel was seen in the stands during India’s previous game against Bangladesh, enthusiastically blowing a vuvuzela and supporting her team. Her enthusiasm caught everyone’s attention, and post the match, captain Kohli and Rohit were seen interacting with her.

After the match, Patel’s grand-daughter Anjali told TOI, “When he (Kohli) hugged her (Patel), he said ‘Please come for all our matches.’ , to which Patel replied saying that she did not have tickets for all of them. Kohli then promised to arrange for tickets for the last group stage game, the semi-final and final should India make it.

Sure enough, Patel was seen in the stands supporting her team during India’s match against Sri Lanka at Leeds.

In a tweet shared by the official BCCI Twitter account, a hand-written letter that Kohli wrote for Patel can also be seen, which read, “Dear Charulata Ji, It is so inspiring to see your love and passion for our team and I hope you enjoy the games with your family. Lots of Love and Regards, Virat.”

The team is looking to end their group stage campaign with a victory over Sri Lanka, and then get ready for the all-important semi-final. With fans like Patel, they will definitely not be short of support or inspiration!

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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