MUMBAI, March 26 (PTI): Japanese electronics major Toshiba today paid tribute to Sachin Tendulkar by creating the world�s largest digital photo mosaic of the retired player, considered to be the largest of any cricketer.
Tendulkar himself unveiled the mosaic at a function here today.
The company had started the campaign on social media earlier this year and the mosaic includes the photographs of over 17,000 fans.
�From January they have had this contest. We are Sachin and here I see we love Sachin, which makes it even better. It is really touching. It is moving to see such a terrific response and over 17,000 photographs are put together to make my face. And in the background you see tricolour and it can�t be better than that,� Tendulkar said at the unveiling function.
�I would like to take this opportunity to thank Toshiba for this campaign and above all, thank all the well-wishers who have stood behind me for 24 years. Whatever I have been able to achieve, the way I have been able to play has been because of their good wishes and their support.
�It (support) has given me strength to achieve various things in life, whatever I have been able to achieve on field is thanks to all my well wishers. This mosaic picture of mine, makes it even more special because it is filled with love,� the 40-year-old added.
The photo mosaic is adapted from a painting by Viveek Sharma and the painting � titled eye of the tiger � draws a parallel between the tiger and the legendary cricketer for his strength, bravery and precision.
It is also a metaphorical reference depicting Tendulkar�s fiery attitude when it comes to cricket, according to Toshiba.
�Just two three days ago I spent lot of time with lions around in Gir forest and now I will be spending more time with tiger eyes here, so it�s a nice combination to have. I really like the entire mosaic finish photograph of mine, as well as the eyes,� Tendulkar said.