Meet the Fan:
Name: Mahesh Patel (Mash)
Age: 49 years young
How did you hear about the Bharat Army?
Not sure really, I've always seen Bharat Army flags at the grounds, but I would say Raj from Leicester got me involved more formally, I’d always see Raj in the stands playing his dhol or some other obscure instrument !
First ever India Match seen Live?
1986 test against at Edgbaston, the era of Kapil Dev, Gavaskar and Dilip Vensarkar. Dickie Bird was one of the umpires.
Best ever India Match seen Live?
1996 test against England at Edgbaston, Sachin got 120 runs in the 2nd innings, the entire team only scored 220 runs, the innings said a great deal about "the little master" regarding his temperament and determination to succeed.
Worst ever India Match seen Live?
2014 test against England at Old Trafford a total batting collapse on day 3 we lost by an innings and 70 odd runs.
Top 3 All Time India Players?
1. Sachin - a batting genius with a humble approach to cricket and life, top man
2. Kapil Dev - he was my hero when I was young, we all wanted to swing bowl like Kapil Dev
3. MS Dhoni – “Captain Marvel” aggressive, stylish and confident, makes bold decisions and backs himself and his players to come out on top, and some of his stumping’s are a delight to watch.
Worst 3 All Time India Players?
Top 3 Most Exciting Young Talent?
1. Shreyas Iyer
2. Karun Nair
3. KL Rahul
Most Memorable India Cricketing Moment in History?
2011 World Cup win, the pictures of Sachin being carried on the shoulders of Kholi and Yuraj were just wonderful to see, I was so pleased for the little man.
Most Forgettable India Cricketing Moment in History?
2011 tour of England we only managed to score 300 runs once out of 10 matches in all 3 formats and that being at Sophia Gardens in my home town Cardiff, we eventually lost that match too, on D/L due to rain !
What is your best Team India cricketing Memorabilia?
I don't have any, apart from various ticket stubs, more recently from 2016 T20 World Cup in India, it was a privilege to tour with Bharat Army, the whole experience from start to finish was amazing.