Even as Virat Kohli prepares to take on arch rivals Pakistan at the Champions Trophy today (June 4, 2017), at Edgbaston, England, the Indian cricket captain has another reason to be proud of – eminent British-Indian painter Sasha Jafri will unveil a painting that honours the star cricketer’s incredible achievements at a glittering ceremony to be held in London tomorrow (June 5, 2017) that will be attended by the who’s who of the sporting world.
The painting was specially commissioned to Jafri to celebrate Virat’s achievement of breaking Sir Don Bradman’s record of double centuries in successive series. It also raises a toast to the success of the Indian Premier League (IPL) that had the highest attendance this year. The entire Indian cricket team along with some legends like Sunil Gavaskar, Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar and some IPL team owners like the Ambanis are expected to be present.
Sacha, one of the most exciting painters in the world, whose work has been patronised by luminaries like George Clooney, Barack Obama and Bill Gates to name just a few, is also known for his series on sportspersons. A few years ago, he had painted Sachin Tendulkar to honour his awe-inspiring career and incidentally, that’s when he met Virat and bonded with him.
Sources say Sacha and Virat will be up on the stage together for the unveiling with the cricketing ace putting his hand in paint and leaving his coloured imprint on the artwork as the final touch. The painting also has handprints and signature s of the some of the greatest living players from the seven international cricket teams – Brian Lara, Chris Gayle, Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Sunil Gavaskar, Wasim Akram among others. The frame of the painting is formed by cricket bats signed by some of the greats of the game. The final bat will be signed by Sachin Tendulkar, live on stage.
The painting will then be auctioned on the night with the proceeds going towards UNICEF.