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Rohit Sharma set to launch India's first cricket-based superhero comic

December 17, 2015 12:25 IST

India's Rohit Sharma during a training session

IMAGE: India's Rohit Sharma during a training session. Photograph: BCCI

Rohit Sharma is set to launch a new environmental superhero team called, 'HYPER TYGERS' in collaboration with Graphic India, UK based ISM Komix and Cornerstone Sport. 

The digital comic will be free to read on all devices from February 1 next year through Rohit's Facebook page and the Graphic POP! Mobile app.

"I've been a big fan of the work Graphic India has been doing in the country to create new Indian superheroes. The idea to collaborate with them to launch India's first cricket based superhero comic made perfect sense," said Rohit. 

"Hyper Tygers is an action-packed adventure around a futuristic game of cricket unlike anything we have today. The story also serves as a larger allegory to protect our planet and its endangered wildlife, which is one of the great global challenges of our time," he added.

Hyper Tygers and the Green Tyger are looking for corporate (including CSR), commercial, digital and marketing sponsors who share their ambition of promoting environmental awareness and positive social change. 

Rohit Sharma warms up during an India training session

IMAGE: Rohit Sharma warms up during an India training session. Photograph: Morne de Klerk/Getty Images

Hyper Tygers is set in a futuristic India in the year 2077, charting the meteoric rise of a small Indian rural community and their cricket team, including their mysterious hero the Green Tyger.

It's a rags to riches story, addressing many of the environmental and social growing pains that India and the world are undergoing as rural meets mega city, tradition clashes with future technology, class lines blur and corporations put profit over people and the environment.

The enigmatic hero of the story is a masked and rebellious cricketer known only as the Green Tyger, with amazing super powers tied to nature and the earth.

"Rohit Sharma is the perfect partner to help us bring this futuristic cricket world to India and the hundreds of millions of cricket fans in the country," Graphic India's Co-Founder and CEO Sharad Devarajan said in a statement. 

"Cricket is a sport that is beloved by billions around the world and its time we finally combined the love of that game with the fun of superheroes. Hyper Tygers will excite global audiences with epic adventures, filled with heroic characters and powerful messages to save our planet and inspire change."

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