Any cricket fan in India would not be surprised if one told him that the great Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is to feature at the internationally renowned Madame Tussauds London.
Madame Tussauds has been increasingly featuring waxwork statues of Indian icons in a bid to thrill tourists from India and cater to the growing community of people from India and Pakistan.
Video of Sachin’s sitting with the Tussauds team for his waxwork
After Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan, Sachin Tendulkar will be the next Indian to be potrayed at the famous waxwork museum. Amongst other cricketers are Brian Lara and Shane Warne already have their wax statues at Madam Tussauds.
Madame Tussauds studios team had a rendezvous with Sachin Tendulkar last week in Mumbai. The team also collected catalogue of reference
photographs and hundreds of precise measurements. “We are delighted to confirm our next Indian superstar is going to be Sachin Tendulkar; his achievements on the cricket pitch are phenomenal and he is one of the biggest names in international sport,” says Liz Edwards, Madame Tussauds PR manager.
She spoke about the popularity of the Asian celebrities who have been included at the museum ,”The Bollywood stars we have included over the past ten years have proved enormously popular with Asian guests and film fans from all over the world. We know Sachin will be just as popular for sports fans from home and abroad and are looking forward to introducing the real Sachin to his wax double soon.” she added
The final wax statue of the little master dressed in pure white will be unveiled in April 2009. The figure will be created at Madame Tussauds studios in West London at a cost of 150,000 pounds. Usually the celebrity featured is there to inaugurate his or her wax statue, so it is quite likely that Sachin would come face to face his wax statue then.
The cricket star will join the ranks of sporting greats, including David Beckham, Mohammed Ali, Tiger Woods and Jesse Owens, in Madame Tussauds interactive Sports Zone. Sachin fans who can never get close enough to the Master Blaster will now be able to click photos of themselves with his likeness.