Saluting the world record, Jaipur will celebrate Virat Kohli’s 50th century by installing Kohli’s wax statue in the Jaipur Wax Museum built in Nahargarh. The statue will be displayed along with the wax statue of Sachin Tendulkar.
A life-size statue of Virat Kohli made of wax will soon be installed in the Jaipur Wax Museum located at Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur. This decision has been taken after India’s tremendous victory in the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup and Virat Kohli completing 50 centuries in one-day cricket.
According to Anoop Srivastava, Founder Director of the Wax Museum, “tourists had been demanding the wax statue of Virat Kohli for a long time, what would be a better opportunity than now, when Kohli has reached the highest level in world cricket. Also, India is again very close to the World Cup champion trophy.”
The first look of the wax statue i.e. the clay model is ready and in the next one month the complete statue will be made and installed in the museum. Virat’s image is that of an aggressive cricketer, hence the aggressive look has been chosen for the statue also.
Virat’s statue will be installed along with the statue of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, whom Virat considers as his idol and his God and whose record of 49 centuries has been broken by Virat. Interesting thing is that the same set of Wankhede Stadium where Kohli scored his historic 50th century yesterday has been installed in the Jaipur Wax Museum and this statue will be installed there. The wax figure is being prepared by the duo of sculptor Ganesh and Lakshminarayan under the creative direction of Anoop Srivastava. While the costumes are being made by Bollywood designer Bodh Singh.
As per Anoop, “We have always had a clear decision regarding statue selection. The museum has more place for great personalities than celebrities which can inspire our coming generations. All the statues have been installed like this in the museum. A wax effigy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni known as Captain Cool of cricket, is also installed in Jaipur Wax Museum.
Recently a Swami Vivekananda wax statue as well as the Royal court made of gold work carvings and Sheesh Mahal made of more than fifty lakh glasses has also been a special part of the museum. Till now, a total of 43 wax statues have been installed in the museum.