In a country of 1.2 billion people, most of who are obsessed with cricket, how do you stand out as the biggest cricket fan of them all?
That’s what sets Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary also called Sudhir Kumar Gautam apart from the others. We’ve all seen him on television, his body painted in the Indian colours, with Sachin Tendulkar’s name painted across, blowing the conch and waving the Indian flag incessantly. Many of us have even spotted him during India matches.
Sudhir Kumar attend his idol’s film premiere last night. He reached travelled from Muzaffarpur to Mumbai on Wednesday and said that he is very excited to watch the movie. Sudhir added that he is also excited to watch himself in the movie. The biopic on Tendulkar’s life – Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ premiere is being held in Mumbai.
Whether it is a 60-hour-train ride or hand-picked litchis for his idol, Sudhir Kumar Gautam has done it all for Sachin Tendulkar.
For Sudhir Kumar Gautam, life revolves around cricket and cricketers. His face and body painted in tri-colour, the conch to announce the arrival of the team and trigger a wave of frenzied support in the stands, this simple man from Muzaffarpur is now a familiar sight to Indian cricket viewers.
Sudhir Choudhary was born in a very poor family in a semi-rural place of Muzaffarpur. He became obsessed with Indian cricket and a fan of Sachin Tendulkar at the age of 6. He left his studies at the age of 14 when he was in his secondary school.
He is unemployed, having previously worked for a milk company and trained as a teacher. He postponed his marriage so that he could watch all the matches played by the Indian cricket team, and wants to follow the team all over the world, wherever it plays.