Cricket is a religion in India, and crickets in the region are akin to superstars and demi-gods. So when India won the World Cup cricket earlier this year, the fanaticism would have to be seen to be believed. So it’s not shocking that an auction that brought the Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to hit a match-winning six in the World Cup final under the hammer garnered so many eyeballs. Reports suggest that the bat fetched £100,000 ($160,500) at an auction to raise funds for Dhoni’s charitable foundation, which was launched last year.
The captain scored 79-ball 91 with the bat that ended the match in victory for the Indian team thanks to a six he smashed seamer Nuwan Kulasekara. Dhoni said his charity will look at “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.”