Virat Kohli’s statue unveiled at Madame Tussauds, Delhi

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NEW DELHI: Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli’s wax statue was unveiled on Wednesday here at Madame Tussauds in the national capital.Kohli will join other sports sensations in his signature batting pose in the interactive zone.
The 28-year-old’s figure has been crafted from over 200 measurements and photographs taken during the sitting session.
Fans will get to see Kohli in his dynamic pose, wearing the Indian cricket team jersey, ready to strike. This pose symbolises the achievements of the Indian captain as an international cricket icon and will now win the hearts of his fans visiting the attraction. At the unveiling of his figure, Kohli said, “I sincere, appreciate the efforts and incredible work undergone in making my figure. Thanks to Madame Tussauds for choosing me for this lifetime experience. I am grateful to my fans for their love and support. This experience is going to be stored in the fond memories of my life. Best wishes for this incredible craftsmanship and now awaiting to see the fan reactions.”
Speaking on the occasion, Anshul Jain, General Manager, and Director, Merlin Entertainments India Pvt. Ltd. said, “India has massive craze for cricket and cricketers. Virat Kohli, is today’s cricket star and has a huge fan following across the globe. The growing love for him amongst his fans made him on obvious choice for Madame Tussauds, Delhi. We are certain that his figure will add new charm to the sports zone. We shall keep introducing more exciting additions in the future to keep our visitors entertained.”
Kohli has joined David Beckham, Lionel Messi, Kapil Dev, Usain Bolt, Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev whose statues are already in the museum. Kohli’s wax figure has now joined other sporting heroes including.
Statue damaged
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s wax statue was unveiled at the Madame Tussauds museum in New Delhi on Wednesday. But the Indian skipper’s statue had to be taken away within a day because of damage. An official at the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Delhi confirmed that a part of the Virat Kohli statue had been chipped – perhaps because of excited fans – but added that it had been repaired and was now ready for visitors. “Yes, it was damaged. But now the statue has been rectified,” the official told NDTV.com.
The museum suspects the right ear of Virat Kohli’s statue was damaged when fans were taking selfies. “Kohli’s statue ear was damaged due to some reason. We have fixed it immediately and fans are most welcome to visit the museum to take the photos with the India captain’s statue,” the official said.
Polly Umrigar Award
Following his phenomenal performance in the last two seasons, Indian skipper Virat Kohli will be presented with the prestigious Polly Umrigar Award for the best international cricketer at the BCCI Annual Awards to be held in Bengaluru on June 12.
The BCCI Awards recognizes and honours the top domestic and international cricketers across all age groups.
While Virat gets top honours in the men’s category, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana are set to be maiden recipients of the award for best international cricketer (women) for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 season, respectively.
To honour one of its finest administrators, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has rechristened four awards in remembrance of Late Jagmohan Dalmiya. The Jagmohan Dalmiya Trophy will be presented to the leading run-scorer and wicket-taker respectively in the U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy and to the best junior and senior cricketer in women’s cricket.
The BCCI has also raised prize money for nine categories by Rs. 1 lakh and the revised prize money is Rs. 1.5 lakh.