Kibber in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, is situated at an altitude of 14,200 feet above sea level and is widely regarded as one of the highest villages in the world.
It recently emerged that the much-decorated Chennai Super Kings have a Super fan out there in Dechen Lundup, who works in the tourism industry and is looking to start the highest CSK Fan Club in the world.
“My name is Dechen, I am captain of Young 1,000 cricket team. Chennai Super Kings ku whistle podu,” he said in a video clip.
The Lions won the IPL twice, finished runners-up on four occasions and qualified to the Playoffs in all eight seasons between 2008 and 2015 to emerge as one of the most successful franchises in the competition.
It appears that Dechen gave up monastery life to pursue his love for cricket and went on to form the Young 1,000 cricket team. The team is named after the Tabo monastery which is over a thousand years old.
The Lions have always acknowledged the love and affection of their multi-million fan base in turning the franchise into one of the most admired teams in the IPL.
“As I said, it’s (returning to CSK) because of everything, you know, what we have been through (achievements), how we have conducted ourselves, how the management has been, how the players have been, how the fans have been,” captain MS Dhoni recently said.
“I always keep saying, it’s (Chennai) like a second home for me, the fans over here literally adopted me, accept me as one out their own... there can’t be a bigger compliment than that.”
The 11th edition kicks off on April 7 with CSK taking on defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.