According to the International Cricket Council, Bharat Army, the Indian equivalent of Barmy Army, is going to have around 8000 fans from 22 countries meet in the United Kingdom to support the Indian National Cricket team in the upcoming World Cup.
The story of Bharat Army began with four fans accidentally getting to bump into each other throughout the 1999 World Cup in the UK. Later, the army grew in numbers and reached around 8000 today. According to reports, at least 5000-6000 fans will be present at every India match.
The Bharat Army have followed and supported Team India around the world for 19 years win, lose or draw and will gather in the United Kingdom as Indian cricket supporter’s group celebrate its 20-year anniversary. The group has also organized an event called #BharatKeSaath in Manchester as an anniversary celebration.
Set up in 2015, the Bharat Army Travel began with the increasing demand of Indian cricket fans wishing to travel and support with the group to major tournaments and series around the world.
Rakesh Patel, one of the founders of the Bharat Army quoted “The Bharat Army has now grown from being a UK-based supporters’ group to have a global presence with regional heads.
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They help grow our supporters’ group in the UK, India, UAE, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA.”
Patel has completed 30 years of traveling around the world supporting India in different matches at different stadiums in different countries.
Patel further said that he has a collection of almost all the ticket stubs and match-day programmes of all the matches he has ever been to. He revealed that he saw his first match in 1990 at Trent Bridge. Also, he is a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar and was present at his last match representing India in Mumbai.
India will be starting its World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5 at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton, England.