The cricketing world eagerly awaits the ICC World Cup 2023 final showdown between India and Australia at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium. Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has left an indelible mark on the sands of Puri Beach in Odisha. In a gesture of artistic goodwill, Pattnaik has crafted a colossal sand sculpture, spanning 56 feet in length, depicting the coveted World Cup trophy with a heartfelt message: “Good Luck Team India.”
Using his creative prowess, Sudarsan utilized approximately 500 steel bowls and 300 cricket balls to bring his vision to life. The intricate sand art, a collaborative effort with students from his sand art institute, stands as a testament to the artist’s dedication and the collective spirit of well-wishing for Team India. The massive installation took about six hours to complete, showcasing the meticulous craftsmanship that went into its creation.
Sudarsan expressed his motivation behind the creation, saying, “We have crafted this special installation of sand art to wish Team India for the final match against Australia, which will be played in Gujarat.” The sentiment embedded in the artwork echoes the nation’s fervour as India vies for World Cup glory against the formidable Australian side.
India, the tournament hosts, have had a stellar run in the ICC World Cup 2023, winning all ten matches on their path to the final. The Men in Blue displayed dominance in the league stage, securing victories in all nine matches, and continued their winning streak with a convincing semi-final triumph over New Zealand in Mumbai.
Rohit Sharma’s formidable side will now face Australia in the final, after the five-time champions secured a hard-fought victory against South Africa in the intense second semi-final at Eden Gardens. The final promises to be a clash of titans, with India seeking its third Men’s Cricket World Cup title after previous triumphs in 1983 and 2011.
The semi-final against New Zealand provided cricket enthusiasts with gripping moments, as the Kiwis mounted a valiant effort to chase India’s substantial score. However, it was India’s pace maestro, Mohammed Shami, who emerged as the hero, striking at crucial junctures to secure a 70-run victory for the Men in Blue.
Should India emerge victorious in the final on their home turf in Ahmedabad, it will mark the second time they clinch the prestigious tournament on home soil. The nation eagerly anticipates the high-stakes encounter, and Sudarsan Pattnaik’s grand sand sculpture serves as a symbolic beacon of encouragement and support for Team India as they prepare for the ultimate cricketing battle.