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Sachin’s farewell Test jersey fetches Rs 6 L

Sachin’s farewell Test jersey fetches Rs 6 L
A special jersey which batting great Sachin Tendulkar donned for his farewell 200th Test has fetched a whopping Rs 6 lakh during a gala auction hosted by Christie’s at the imposing Umaid Bhawan Palace. Shiv Raj Singh, son of the host of the second edition of the Jodhpur One World Retreat, the erstwhile ruler of Jodhpur Gaj Singh II, bid for this jersey on Saturday night. Tendulkar had retired from international cricket after playing his 200th Test against West Indies at Mumbai in November, 2013. Besides Tendulkar’s jersey, a painting by Paresh Maity fetched Rs. 7.5 lakh. “This money will help in achieving the objective of this initiative and will go a long way in ensuring that suffering caused by head and brain injury could be addressed in effective manner,” said Singh.

Dhoni’s World Cup-winning bat on display
Days before India play Australia in the World Cup semifinal at Sydney, the iconic bat of Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni with which he hit the winning six in the 2011 World Cup final has been put on display at Bengali Market here.The bat entered the Guinness World Records and the Limca Book of Records after it was sold for 100,000 pounds on July 18, 2011.

The current market value of the willow is estimated at Rs.1 crore. The bat was bought by Amit Bhagchandka, chief executive officer (CEO) of R.K. Global, a financial broking firm. Dhoni then autographed the bat. A Dhoni fan, Bhagchandka said: “The bat may be in possession of RK Global but it will forever remain Dhoni’s property. We consider ourselves the custodian of his legacy.

Winning the 2011 World Cup was very overwhelming. From childhood we had only seen pictures of Kapil Dev lifting the (1983) trophy. Dhoni gave us a chance to witness history in the making.” Asked whether he would buy the captain’s bat again if India wins the 2015 edition, Bhagchandka said: “Yes, I would buy it without any doubt. Let’s hope we return as winners. This time we have 11 Super Heroes representing India.” The Delhi-based entrepreneur plans to go to Australia to support the team in the World Cup semi-final and, if India progress, in the final too. Bhagchandka is all praise for the wicket keeper-batsman.

“Dhoni is a very humble person and his down-to-earth persona makes everyone love him. The man should know. Since he bought the Dhoni bat, the Indian skipper has become a friend. Bhagchandka is confident India will beat Australia in the semis and take on South Africa in the final. South Africa will battle New Zealand in the first semifinal at Auckland on Tuesday. Defending champions India play Australia two days later.
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