October 30, 2010

What would you pay for Tendulkar's bat?

Would you pay Rs 42 lakhs (approximately $94,786) for a cricket bat

Would you pay Rs 42 lakhs (approximately $94,786) for a cricket bat? Well, that’s what the bat Sachin Tendulkar used to score 163 against New Zealand in an ODI in Christchurch in 2009 fetched at an auction in Mumbai, the proceeds of which went to the NGO ‘The Foundation’. Tendulkar’s bat, along with other personal items donated by 25 sportspersons from India and abroad, went under the hammer at a sports auction for an NGO called ‘The Foundation’. Rahul Dravid’s bat, with which he scored a century in each innings against Pakistan in the Kolkata Test in 2005 fetched Rs 20 lakh (approximately $45,136). Sunil Gavaskar’s bat, which was signed by all the 1983 World-Cup winners, went for Rs 17.5 lakh (approximately $39,494). The jersey that Anil Kumble wore when he equalled Jim Laker's record of taking all ten wickets in an innings, against Pakistan in Delhi in 1999, and the Test cap that he wore between 2004 and 2006 went for Rs 11.5 lakhs (approximately $25,953).

Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo