Puri (Orissa), Mar 22 (ANI): Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has thanked star cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for dedicating his 42nd Test century to the cause of tiger conservation.
Pattnaik has thanked Tendulkar by sculpting a fifteen feet long tiger out of sand along the Puri beach.
Sachin Tendulkar scored 160 runs against New Zealand in the first test match at Hamilton and dedicated his century to the cause of tiger conservation.
Pattnaik decided to thank the cricketer by making a 15 feet long sand sculpture of a tiger using 15 tons of sand with 'Thanks Sachin' etched on it.
"We have made a fifteen-feet long tiger to thank Tendulkar for taking a serious step towards tiger conservation. We believe it's a big step. Orissa is one of the main destinations for tigers. So it's really great that a sportsman like Sachin has associated himself and his game to the cause of tiger conservation. For thanking Sachin for taking initiative like this, we have recreated the tiger by using 15 tons of sand," Sudarsan Pattnaik said.
Foreign tourists at the Puri beach also were much impressed with the sand tiger and the marvelous endeavours of Patnaik literally ushering colourful life on the sand.
"It is a marvelous thing, very interesting. I would say I have never seen such a beautify tiger as this. And second thing to see that people do devote time to such things and especially to give thanks to Sachin, who is very-very positive and I think a great person. So it is very interesting," opined Francis, a foreign tourist.
According to a recent survey conducted by the state government, the population of the beautiful majestic striped felines has fallen to 1,411, down from 3,642 in 2002, largely due to dwindling habitat and poaching. (ANI)