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Six Karnataka cricketers engraved in mural

Bangalore, Oct 6 (UNI) Former Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad today unveiled a huge mural of 45x20 feet with portraits of six famous cricketers of Karnataka created by Pushpa Dravid, mother of middle order batsman Rahul Dravid at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here.

The tall orange colour mural has action postures of Karnataka's six cricketers - Venkatesh Prasad, Sunil Joshi and Dodda Ganesh, all-rounder Roger Binny, batsman Sujit Somasunder and wicket-keeper Sadanand Viswanath.

''All these players have inspired me to portray them. Though there are many more such role models who contributed to the game in the state, the six were selected by the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) for the mural, which took me nine months to make,'' Pushpa told mediapersons.

''The purpose of this artistic presentation is to inspire future generations of cricketers in contributing to the game at the state and national levels. As Dravid's mother, I am proud of these players, who inspired my son,'' she added.

The mural was unveiled in the presence of Dravid's parents-Pushpa and Sharad along with host pf past and presents cricketers including speedster Javagal Srinath, Indian Test captain Anil Kumble, legendary spinners EAS Prasanna and BS Chandrasekhar and former wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani.

The mural has been fixed on the wall outside the pavilion-end, a few paces away from the 27x15 feet 'Wall' built to honour Dravid's feat of scoring over 10,000 runs in Tests and One-Day Internationals (ODIs) series.


Story first published: Monday, October 6, 2008, 21:34 [IST]
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