Last Updated: October 22, 2022, 16:07 IST
Melbourne has been decked up to welcome the ‘Men in Blue’ for their clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday, with the city administration going out of the way to paint the city in various shades of vibrant blue to go with the India team jersey.
The Higson Lane in the city is seeing a profusion of colours with some of the best mural artists in Melbourne making the street look as if it is the home of Indian cricket.
The city’s administration posted a video of the beautiful murals of Indian stars such as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Hardik Pandya with several craftsmen giving final touches with their paint brushes and assortment of colours.
“Welcome to Melbourne @BCCI. We’ve decided to mark the occasion by creating a @ICC @T20WorldCup street art mural ft. @ImRo45, @imVkohli, @hardikpandya7 & the @MCG. See you in Higson Lane for a quick photo? We’ll bring the coffee! #T20WorldCup #INDvPAK,” tweeted the Melbourne city administration.
Welcome to Melbourne @BCCI
We’ve decided to mark the occasion by creating a@ICC @T20WorldCup street art mural ft. @ImRo45, @imVkohli, @hardikpandya7 & the @MCG
See you inHigson Lane for a quick ? We’ll bring the coffee! #T20WorldCup #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/qFIgERD58n
— Melbourne, Australia (@Melbourne) October 21, 2022
The city’s administration has also invited Kohli, Sharma, and Pandya for a photo shoot and an interaction over coffee. But it’s unlikely the Indian stars will be able to see their giant-sized murals any time before the blockbuster match against Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) where more than 100,000 spectators are expected to watch the Super 12 game between the arch-rivals on Sunday.
Indian fans have been bowled over by the Melbourne city administration’s gesture. Here’s how they reacted:
Such a sweet and special gesture! Thank you @Melbourne on behalf of all ICT fans. ❤️
— Jugni (@aabshar___) October 22, 2022
Ohh wow, Virat, Ro and Hardik
— AN (@Aanyanadar) October 22, 2022
A sizzler of a match coming up and certainly it will light up Melbourne!
— Wadu De Silva (@Wadumesam) October 22, 2022
Thank you @Melbourne @CricketAus
— somesh JSP ✊ (@someshrasi) October 22, 2022
Loved the little rangolis made ❤️
— SaumyaOnPassiveMode (@MistInTheWind96) October 22, 2022
Meanwhile, Pakistan fans were a bit disappointed as their team didn’t receive a similar ‘mural’ reception.
Will India play itself ?? Why not you welcome other teams ??
— AfaaqPTI (@AfaaqFx) October 22, 2022
For your peace of mind, please welcome pcb as well. Warna yahi aake RR machaayenge saare ke saare
— Toby Flenderson (@To_beFlenderson) October 22, 2022
Come Sunday, all the attention in the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be grabbed by the clash between neighbours India and Pakistan — mainly dubbed as the ‘greatest rivalry’ — in Group 2 of the Super 12 stage at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
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