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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sachin's Bat brought 42 Lakhs!!!

Sachin Tendulkar is the most loved and trusted sportsperson India has ever produced, so to say. He is about get a half century in the number of centuries as well. Most of the existing batting records are in his account. Now the latest about him is that his willow fetched the highest bid of Rs 42 lakh at a glittering sports auction. There were many personal items donated by 25 top sportspersons from the country and overseas. The champion batsman had scored an unbeaten 163 against New Zealand with this bat at Christchurch last year, his fourth highest one day score.
The rifle used by India's only individual Olympic gold medallist, shooter Abhinav Bindra, when creating history at the Beijing Games and the bat of Rahul Dravid, with which he had scored a century in each innings in the Kolkata Test of 2005 against Pakistan stood at second position. Both were successfully bid for Rs 20 lakh.
The bat signed by all team members of the 1983 World Cup winning team and donated by former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar went for Rs 17.5 lakh. Anil Kumble's jersey which he wore when he equalled Jim Laker's ten-wicket in a Test innings record against Pakistan in New Delhi in 1999, and his Test cap that he wore between 2004 and 2006 went for Rs 11.5 lakh.

 Among the other items auctioned off were Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer's shoes, a bat donated by 1983 World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev with the autographs of all the team members and sports gear donated by the super star shuttler Saina Nehwal and tennis player Sania Mirza. Doners Dravid, Kumble, tennis ace Leander Paes, national football captain Bhaichung Bhutia, 1974 hockey World Cup winning skipper Ajit Pal Singh, former hockey captain Viren Rasquinha and Bindra were present at the auction.

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