“Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd! India lift the World Cup after 28 years!” these phrases by Ravi Shastri for M.S. Dhoni after the wicketkeeper-batsman hit a humongous six towards Sri Lanka pacer Nuwan Kulasekara in the summit conflict of the 2011 ICC World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai nonetheless reverberate in the ears of each Indian citizen.
However, not many individuals are conscious of the undeniable fact that that the same bat which got the nation another ODI world cup glory after a gap of 28 years is the most expensive ever.
Dhoni’s well-known bat with Reebok label was bought in a charity occasion in London after the world cup at a whopping Rs 83 lakhs.
The bat was purchased by R Okay Global Shares & Securities Ltd (India) at M.S Dhoni’s ‘East Meets West’ Charity Dinner in London on 18 July, 2011 and it subsequently entered the Guinness World Records for the most expensive cricket bat.
On its official web site, Guinness World Records wrote: “The most expensive cricket bat was Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s bat sold at auction for £100,000 ($161,295), bought by R K Global Shares & Securities Ltd (India), at the M.S Dhoni’s ‘East Meets West’ Charity Dinner, in London, UK, on 18 July 2011. The bat was used by Mahendra Singh Dhoni in World Cup 2011 finals on 2 April 2011 art Wankhede Stadium at hit the winning shot.”
The cash raised was reportedly used for the improvement of MS Dhoni’s spouse’s charitable organisation – Sakshi Foundation.
Talking about the 2011 World Cup, underneath Dhoni’s captaincy, India misplaced only one match in the showpiece occasion towards South Africa. India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-final to arrange a blockbuster finale with Sri Lanka, which the hosts gained by six wickets.
With India profitable the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 in England, Dhoni grew to become the first and is nonetheless the solely captain thus far to have gained all three ICC Trophies.