Diwali is not too far away and the preparations seem to have begun. But, what a Mumbai-based artist did for his hero is stealing hearts. As a tribute to Virat Kohli, an artist created the world’s largest diya mosaic. India is truly a cricket-crazy nation and such acts remind us of it again and again. He created a giant artwork with Diyas, 9.5 by 14 ft in height, inside a shopping complex in Navi Mumbai. Also Read - Former Australia Captain Michael Clarke Heaps Big Praise on Sachin Tendulkar, Calls India Legend 'The Best Batsman I Ever Saw'
It apparently took 4484 clay diyas to set it up. It took a total of eight hours to complete the structure. Also Read - Paine Rejects Clarke's 'Australia Scared to Sledge Kohli' Claim, Says Provocation Brings Out The Best in India Captain
“Virat is shining like a bright light at the moment and with the Diwali approaching, I thought this would be an apt way to pay tribute,” the artist Abaasaheb Shewale was quoted as saying by indianexpress.com. “As his birthday is on November 5 and that is also the day Diwali is starting this year, it felt the right thing to do.” Also Read - Virat Kohli One of The Players You Shouldn't Provoke: Rashid Latif
Shewale was helped by co-artists Suraj Gole, Kumar Hadawale, Rupesh Tandel, Snehal Shewale and Tanuja Shewale.
Earlier, fans in Kerala placed a massive 35 feet cutout in front of the Greenfield stadium to welcome the champion cricketer. This was on the cards considering the huge fan following MS Dhoni enjoys in the southern part of the country as he represents the Chennai Super Kings.
Meanwhile, India locks horns with the touring Windies team for the last time in ODIs at Thiruvananthapuram. The Men in Blue already lead the ongoing five-match ODI series 2-1 and would look to finish with a win.