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Dhoni’s bat goes for £100,000 at charity auction

PTI London | Updated on July 19, 2011

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s bat, with which the Indian cricket captain struck a historic World Cup winning knock earlier this year, fetched a whopping £100,000 in an auction for his charitable foundation.

Dhoni made 91 with the sold bat in the final of the mega event in April.

At the auction which raised £450,000, Sacha Jafri’s Original Artwork also went under the hammer.

Jafri, one of the most celebrated artists of the world, was commissioned to create the official painting to commemorate Dhoni’s historic World Cup winning team as well as the unprecedented achievements of “arguably the greatest batsman of all time” — Sachin Tendulkar.

The painting, which includes hand prints and signatures from some of the games’ greatest players including the likes of Ricky Ponting, Andrew Flintoff, Allan Border and Lasith Malinga, went for £250,000.

A bound copy of the original script of Bollywood blockbuster 3 Idiots went for £17,500.

With this, Dhoni launched his charitable foundation, ’Winning Ways Today for Tomorrow’, at the function.

Dhoni said the charity was already launched in India in March last year and has helped cricket flourish in areas where children hail from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

“The charity will look to continue its dedication to improving children’s accessibility to cricket by building a sports academy where children will be able to develop their talents across a whole range of disciplines,” he said.

Published on July 19, 2011

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