Meet Sugantham Ramaswamy, Jasprit Bumrah's 74-year-old pace disciple

From cheerleading to pace bowling, is there anything team India's senior fans can't do?

Jasprit Bumrah has a new fan in 74-year-old Sugantham Ramaswamy.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

India may be out of the ICC Cricket World Cup but one cannot deny the brilliant summer some of the men in blue have had. One of them is pacer Jasprit Bumrah.

With 18 wickets to his name, the fast bowler took the tournament by storm with his eccentric bowling action and those signature toe crushers.

His exploits on the field have earned him fans across age groups, but as it now turns out, he may have just found his oldest fan.

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Meera R, a Chennai-based teacher, posted a GIF on Twitter, that has now gone viral, of her mother Sugantham practicing Jasprit Bumrah's bowling action during the semifinal tie between India and New Zealand.

"Just like the rest of us, the mothership was so impressed with Bumrah's performance in the world cup, that she decided to mimic his run-up," Meera said in her post.

With a mini football in hand, the 74-year-old is seen trying to ape the pacer's action as she watches the game.


 

"My mother watches cricket on and off. She was watching the India vs New Zealand game and Bumrah just caught her attention," Meera explains.

"She said he reminded her of my son."

Meera’s son used to play cricket when he was in school and would regularly head to training sessions.

"She somehow drew parallels between the two and sat to observe his game. She then tried imitating his run-up and then my brother sent me a video of her doing the same," she adds.

Sugantham is a little bummed out that the Men in Blue did not make it through to the final but it seems like her admiration of Bumrah will not end anytime soon.

"She was very intrigued by his abilities and how he rose to the occasion whenever the team needed him to," Meera explains.

Sugantham is understandably amazed by all the attention online, but nothing beats Bumrah's reply.

 

"It's unbelievable that this tweet reached him and it was so sweet of him to reach out to us too. It's all so unreal. She is seeing the tweet doing well and is very happy," Meera added.

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Be it Charulata Patel in Edgbaston or Sugantham in Chennai, we could certainly take a few notes on how to fan girl the right way from the duo.

Meanwhile, If Bumrah is looking for a coach, it looks like we have a strong favourite.