Bharat Army Has The Biggest Plan For India In The Upcoming World Cup
As the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is very near, the Bharat Army (BA) has promised to provide their largest support for India in the upcoming World Cup.
The Bharat Army is the largest Indian cricket supporters group that was formed in 1999. The community members travel everywhere to support the Indian national cricket team. With time progresses, they have grown up as the larger group.
While India will fight to win their third World Cup in the upcoming cricket summer, the Bharat Army will complete their 20 years. In this special occasion, around 8,000 fans from 22 countries will gather to support India in the World Cup.
Meanwhile, 5,000-6,000 BA members are likely to present during every India’s matches in the upcoming World Cup. One of the Bharat Army founder, Rakesh Patel has recently revealed this expectation. He also added that it would be their largest presence to date.
England and Wales will host the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup from 30th May to 14th July. Apart from India, nine other top teams, including the host England, will also participate in this competition.
The grown-up Bharat Army
Rakesh Patel also spoke about how the BA has grown up since their formation.
According to ICC, he said, “The Bharat Army has now grown from being a UK-based supporters’ group to having a global presence with regional heads. [They] help grow our supporters’ group in the UK, India, UAE, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.”
In the last few years, the Bharat Army faced the increasing demands of travelling in the major tournaments and series. That was the reason to set up the Bharat Army Travel in 2015.
Talking about to set up the Bharat Army Travel, Rakesh Patel said, “increasing demand of Indian cricket fans wanting to travel with us to major tournaments and series around the world.”
Special moments of Bharat Army
Rakesh Patel rated the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup as one of their memorable journeys. He claimed that the Bharat Army was really born at that time. South Africa hosted that World Cup, while India reached the final under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy. However, in the final of that World Cup, India suffered a heartbreaking smashing defeat against Australia.
Talking about the best moment, Rakesh Patel chose India’s victory in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup where the skipper MS Dhoni completed India’s journey with a sixer.
He said, “Nothing can compare to the emotion I felt that moment standing in the North Stand at the Wankhede!”
In the last year, the Bharat Army provided significant support to the national team in the overseas tours.
Recently, the BA members enjoyed a great tour in Australia where India won their historic Test and ODI series. After India won the Test series by 2-1, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) gave permission the BA members to welcome back the Indian cricketers to the hotel. The Indian cricketers and the BA members together danced and celebrated that moment.
Rakesh Patel said, “It was actually the BCCI who decided they wanted to thank the BA for our support in 2018 across South Africa, England and Australia. They arranged for us to welcome back the team to the hotel in Sydney after the fifth day.”
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 2019
India will begin their 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup journey on 5th June. In their opening match of that tournament, they will face South Africa at Southampton.
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