MUMBAI: A bat and a ball autographed by the members of the triumphant 2011 World Cup winning Indian squad are among various sports memorabilia that would go under the auctioneer's hammer on February 11 to raise money for charitable trust 'The Foundation'.
Among other notable items that would be auctioned off, includes Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's bat that he used in the World Cup, the autographed bat by all captains who took part in the mega event, the shoes worn by pacer Zaheer Khan in the tournament, Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal's autographed tennis shoes and a football autographed by Argentina's mercurial player Lionel Messi.
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Also among the sports items to be auctioned off are West Indian great Brian Lara's bat, the running shoes worn by "Flying Sikh" Milkha Singh when he finished fourth in the 200m at the 1960 Rome Olympics and the memorabilia of erstwhile all-round greats Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, Ian Botham and Richard Hadlee.
The Test blazers and pullovers of the erstwhile Indian spin quartet as well as an autographed ball by the foursome -- Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagwat Chandrasekar, Srinivas Venkataraghavan and Bishen Singh Bedi -- are also to be auctioned off with former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia as the chief guest, according to information available here.
Other sports items to go under the hammer belongs to cricketers VVS Laxman and Harbhajan Singh, five-time women's world boxing champion MC Mary Kom, tennis duo Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, 2010 world wrestling champion and Olympic bronze medal winner Sushil Kumar, Beijing bronze medal-winning boxer Vijender Singh and hockey ace Dhanraj Pillay.
The auction titled 'Equation - An auction for equality' organised by the trust founded by actor and rugby player Rahul Bose, has been hailed by Tendulkar, Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand, Beijing Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and ace woman badminton player Saina Nehwal.Myopic board, aloof captain preside over India's decline
"As a proud Indian, there are some causes close to my heart. Working towards a society without discrimination is definitely one of them. May The Foundation grow from strength to strength," Tendulkar said in a message.
"We win medals but here we are winning hearts and smiles. I wish The Foundation and Rahul Bose the very best," said Anand whose World Champion Trophy won in Tehran in 2000 is also going under the hammer.
"To give my badminton racquet and shoes I used at last year's All-England to The Foundation is a matter of great joy to me. Keep up the good work," Saina said in her message.
"This country needs organisations like The Foundation. My best wishes are with them," said ace rifle shooter Bindra.