Bengaluru: Indian cricket team’s superfan Charulata Patel has passed away. Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan praised the 87-year-old for her unconditional love and support to the “Men in Blue”.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) condoled the death of Charulata.

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“#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 wrote on its official Twitter handled on Thursday (January 16).

According to Charulata’s Instagram handle, she breathed her last on January 12. “It is with a heavy heart that I inform you, our beautiful grandmother took her final breath on 13/01 at 5.30 pm. 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.”

Dhawan, who is currently in Rajkot preparing for tomorrow’s (January 17) second ODI against Australia, wrote, “RIP Charulata Patel Ji .. Will always remember your passion for the game. Thank you for your unconditional love and support.”

It was last year’s ICC World Cup 2019 that Charulata became a big hit on social media. During India’s game against Bangladesh, she was at the Edgbaston ground in Birmingham to cheer Virat Kohli and his men. After the match, Kohli had met her and took her blessings.

Kohli had written on his Twitter page, “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.”