D. Ravi Shankar
Bangalore: He says he’s India’s answer to Chacha Jalil. Subash Chandal of Gurgaon is following in the footsteps of Jalil Ahmed from Pakistan, Percy Abeysekara from Sri Lanka and Uncle Les from the West Indies all of whom have gained reputations as being the prime cheerleaders of their national cricket teams.
Subash Chandal has completed high school and is a cloth merchant from Gurgaon. He managed to get acquainted with Suresh Raina and Gautam Gambhir and became a diehard cricket fan. Having seen ‘Chacha Jalil’ on Television, Subash decided he had found his vocation in life. He struck a deal with HPS Farms in Noida who decided to underwrite his expenses. Subash also was approached by a Manager of Reliance in Gurgaon to support the Mumbai team but the deal did not come through.
Subash twice travelled to Pakistan in 2004 and in 2006, livening up the stands with his chants supporting the Indian cricketers. Subash was also in Sharjah during the 2001 series there.
In this edition of the IPL, Subash has already been to Delhi, Jaipur and Mohali.
This is his fourth match in the series and he says he has come to support the Chennai Super Kings in Monday’s match. He wears a dhoti and a kurta and the kurta is stitched in the national tricolour.