Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary

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A Cricket fan at the Chepauk stadium, Chennai.jpg
Sudhir Choudhrie at the Chepauk Stadium, 2008
Born birth year and age
Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary, Sudya.
Citizenship Indian
Education Trained as teacher
Occupation Unemployed
Known for Ardent fan of Sachin Tendulkar and Indian cricket team
Home town Muzaffarpur, Bihar
Salary Lives on public support
Weight 58

Sudhir Kumar Choudhrie (Chaudhary) (born 1983 in Muzaffarpur, Bihar),[1][2] also called Sudhir Kumar Gautham,[2] is a fan of the Indian cricket team and Sachin Tendulkar.[3][4] He is a mini-celebrity in his home country,[5] and widely recognised for showing up at every home match the Indian team plays since 2003, with his body painted in the national colours of India.[6] Chaudhary is a fan of Sachin Tendulkar.[7][8][9] For some overseas tours, he also collects funds from cricket loving public.[2] He is usually seen with his body art, waving the national flag in the live telecast of the matches.[10][11]

Cricket fan[edit]

Since 2003, his sole passion has been to watch cricket matches played by India and to support the team. By April 2010 he had attended near about150 matches, often travelling by bicycle to reach the venue of match.[12] He sometimes pedals his cycle to cricket playing venues, as he did to Bangladesh to witness a cricket match in 2007 [2] and to Lahore, Pakistan in 2006.[11] To save money, he sometimes braves ticket less travels in trains to reach venues.[12][13] When attending cricket matches, he paints his body with tri-colour, the colours of India flag and usually paints name of Tendulkar on his chest.[14] He carries a conch with him and blows conch to announce the arrival of India cricket team.[14] He paints his body on the previous day of a match and skips sleep that night to preserve the paint on his body.[14] He cycled for 21 days from Muzaffarpur, Bihar to Mumbai to watch Sachin play for India against Australia on 28 October 2003[9] and this was the first tri-series match where he started supporting India by waving Indian tricolour.[15]

2011 ICC Cricket World Cup[edit]

During the World Cup, Sudhir sported a kooky crown - a cheap replica World Cup trophy. Sudhir's crowning moment came on April 2, 2011, the day India defeated Sri Lanka in the finals at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, to become the World Champions. Sachin Tendulkar himself signaled Sudhir who was sitting among the cheering Indian Fans, to come to the Indian dressing room and join the team celebrations.[14] Tendulkar asked Zaheer Khan to bring the World Cup over. Tendulkar shook hands with Sudhir, hugged him and finally let him lift the cup from Zaheer’s hands. Tendulkar allowed Sudhir to hold the world cup along with him and Sudhir celebrated the occasion by posing for photographs.[16] Sudhir chanted “India” as he lifted the ICC World Cup 2011 trophy.[17][18]

Apology by police[edit]

In 2009, Senior Police officer prevented and thrashed Sudhir Kumar in Kanpur, when he tried to shake hands with Sachin Tendulkar during a practice session and later, after Sachin's intervention and request he was let off and the police officer tendered an apology to Sudhir Kumar, repenting the event.[4] Sudhir Kumar stopped such practices and scaling fence to reach the team to celebrate the win, only after Tendulkar advised against such practice.[14] After that BCCI has sponsored Sudhir for every match.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Chaudhary is Unemployed, having previously worked for a milk company and trained as a teacher.[19] He postponed his marriage, so that he can watch all the matches played by Indian cricket team.[11] He wants to follow Indian team all over the world, wherever it plays cricket matches.[11] This style of living followed by Sudhir Kumar has made his parents unhappy,[11] and he once threatened self-immolation if he was not assured of watching all cricket matches played by the Indian cricket team.[3] He declared that his life is dedicated to watching Indian cricket matches and leads life with public support.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

Sudhir Kumar is one of three principal roles of a documentary film "Beyond all boundaries" which tells the stories of three different personalities of Indian Cricket and he is shown as a super fan of the sport.[20] Made by film maker Sushrut Jain, the film shows details about personal life of Sudhir Kumar[20] and the film makers traveled thousands of kilometers with Sudhir Kumar wherever he goes to photograph the documentary.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bajpai, Shalabh Anand; Sumit Jha (27 November 2009). "Cricket fever hits Kanpur". Times of India. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Sachin fan pedals to Bangladesh". The Tribune. 15 May 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "A fan who gifts Sachin 1,000 litchis every year". DNA. 27 May 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Police apologise to Sachin fan". That's Cricket. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Team India's Blue Billions". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 24 March 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Briefly". The Tribune. 12 February 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Lahli goes berserk for Sachin Tendulkar - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  8. ^ Ali, Qaiser Mohammad (13 November 2009). "Sachin: A player who is the game itself". India Today. Retrieved 18 February 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ a b Nayudu, Vinay (28 October 2003). "Fans queue up outside Wankhede". Indian Express. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  10. ^ Binoy, George (4 June 2007). "A snake charmer and an investment guru". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "Sachin is this fan's match ticket". Times of India. 31 January 2007. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  12. ^ a b Sugavanam, Saisudha (22 April 2010). "India's most devoted cricket fan?". BBC News. Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  13. ^ http://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Sachin-Tendulkar-s-most-dedicated-fan-to-complete-a-decade-of-god-worship/32398
  14. ^ a b c d e Lokapally, Vijay (12 November 2013). "'I get affection from Sachin… and match tickets'". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  15. ^ Laha, Somshuvra (6 November 2013). "Sachin's fan Sudhir just likes waving the flag for him". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  16. ^ Sharda, Ugra. "Three tales from Indian cricket". espn crick info 4.8.2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  17. ^ Chakravartty, Sougat. "Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary: The ultimate devotee of Indian cricket". sportskeeda.com. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  18. ^ Barton, Joe. "Superfan readies for Sachin's last stand". sportsfan.com.au. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  19. ^ "Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary – A Die-Hard Sachin Fan". cricages.com. 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  20. ^ a b Bhattacharya, Buddaditya (11 October 2013). "Being a sport". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 13 November 2013.