Trailing Irfan Pathan wherever he goes with the single point agenda of meeting and eventually marrying him, Jhalak did not have a ticket to enter the stadium and the Jamshedpur girl had no other option but to climb the tree, even though later a journalist gave her a pass to watch Pathan.
''I have been travelling to see him and I can't afford a ticket.
That left me with no other option but to climb the tree. Call me a tomboy but I don't mind,'' the rather frail looking girl told UNI.
Hoping to meet Pathan, she had gone to Vadodara but was disappointed to know that the seamer was in Delhi to play the One-dayer.
''I took a train and reached here but I don't have the money to buy a ticket. Thankfully one of the journalists gave me a pass and I entered the stadium,'' she said.
Desperate to meet the pacer, the girl met chief selector Kiran More but could not manage pass for the Delhi One-dayer.
''I saw Irfan in the India-Pakistan match in Jamshedpur and decided he was the man. I have also met him in Ahmedabad and requested him to give me passes of the matches he plays. But he ran out of tickets and could not help me,'' she recalled.
Asked what her parents thought about her infatuation, Jhalak was tightlipped.
''I won't say that. I'm going to Faridabad (for the second India-England) match as well, even though I don't know whether I can manage a ticket there or not,'' she said.
This is not the first time that Irfan Pathan has bowled over a maiden.
In 2004, a teenager from Ludhiana had fled from her home along with her younger sister, with a similar motto, to meet and eventually marry the cricketer.