Meet Suhas Naidu, Karnataka's No. 1 fan

Updated: Dec 11, 2017, 09:55 IST | Subodh Mayure

Thanks to the BCCI's so-called wisdom of hosting the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals on neutral venues, both teams here lacked crowd support

Thanks to the BCCI's so-called wisdom of hosting the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals on neutral venues, both teams here lacked crowd support. However, Karnataka enjoyed the backing of their die-hard fan, Suhas Naidu. After Karnataka called the shots on the first day, Naidu booked his return bus ticket for the fourth day (yesterday) when Karnataka hit the final nail in Mumbai's coffin.

Suhas Naidu, a Karnataka fan, who travelled from his home in Bangalore to Nagpur for the Ranji quarter-final. Pic/Subodh Mayure
Suhas Naidu, a Karnataka fan, who travelled from his home in Bangalore to Nagpur for the Ranji quarter-final. Pic/Subodh Mayure

Naidu has travelled to support the Karnataka team for every match in the last five years except the state's last league game against Railways in November since he had to attend his sister's wedding. However, now, he wants to put a full stop to his travels. "It's very difficult to manage funds and that's why I am quitting.
"I need to settle down and do something with my life. It's time to move on. The forthcoming Ranji Trophy semi-final, final and Irani Cup game will be my last games as a Karnataka team fan," Naidu told mid-day yesterday.

Naidu, 23, left his job as a customer care official at a private firm in Bangalore because he could not get leave to attend Ranji Trophy matches last year. So what's his most memorable moment with the Karnataka team? "The most memorable moment in my life was when I was allowed to lift the Ranji Trophy which Karnataka won after beating Tamil Nadu in Mumbai in the 2014-15 season. That was the best day of my life," he said.

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