Now, the master can ‘wax’ eloquent
Arms outstretched, holding the helmet with the visor in his left and his bottom-hand grip going soft on the bat in his right, Sachin Tendulkar, with all batting gear, stood striking a similar pose as his Madame Tussaud’s wax statue when the curtains pulled away, reports KR Guruprasad.cricket Updated: Apr 14, 2009 02:16 IST
As hundreds of flashbulbs came alive in unison, even Tendulkar, who has spent the last 21 years in the limelight, could not compete with the wax statue. First he blinked. Then his arms, possibly tired, came down a little and after a few minutes he gave up.
“I really don’t know how to react to this,” Tendulkar said. “I am not a person who normally reacts easily to anything. But when my family and I saw it, something identical to myself, my reaction was something different.
“I have not reacted like that before, my reaction was special. It was so real.
“But I am glad it does not breath. It is that close.”
From about 10 metres, it appeared like the statue could as well have been breathing.
“My son Arjun saw the statue and immediately wanted to take the bat and start playing,” Tendulkar said. “I told him not to get very close.”
Tendulkar has been in the consciousness of his fans for so long there are many lasting images that can be associated with him.
The pose he finally chose was the one he put forth during celebrations after breaking Brian Lara’s record of highest Test runs aggregate.
“I thought this was the moment I celebrated surpassing (Lara’s) record,” Tendulkar said. “I saw the picture and I liked it.”
Tendulkar’s statue would be inaugurated at Madame Tussaud’s on April 24, the day the cricketer turns 36.
Madame Tussaud’s spokesperson Liz Edwards said, “For a few years many visitors expressed their surprise that Tendulkar’s statue was not there. So, we decided to approach the Indian cricketer.”
Tendulkar is the first Indian sportsman to be featured, though his long time rival and friend Shane Warne stands at the London tourist attraction since the days he was at least 15 kg lighter.
Would he like his statue to be kept next to that of the Australian legend? “I don't mind to be next to anybody,” Tendulkar said. “The fact that it will be there itself among many great personalities is a great honour.”