Ponting says Sachin is the best

Published: Tuesday, April 6, 2004, 20:10 [IST]
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Mumbai:Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting, who successfully bid for a portrait of Sachin Tendulkar at an auction, has said the Indian batting maestro 'is the best batsman he has played against'.

Ponting, who bought the portrait for Rs 30,000, looked very determined to have one of the little master's framed pictures in an auction organised by a website on Monday.Admiring the picture, Ponting, said the 27 items which came under the hammer were worth their weight in gold.

"I have always admired Sachin and I am happy that I managed to get this picture, a classical original oil painting done with selective use of colours," he added.

Some of the other items which were auctioned included a cap signed by Aussie speedster Brett Lee (Rs 3000), a framed score card of the Cornhill Insurance Test series between India vs England at Lord's signed by Graham Gooch (Rs 4000), Anil Kumble's perfect ten (Rs 10,000), a miniature cricket bat signed by the Asian Eleven team (Rs 5000), a framed picture of late Sir Donald Bradman tossing the coin (Rs 16,000), framed picture of Sir Bradman and Tendulkar "Champions Together" (Rs 48,000), a bat autographed by Asian Eleven and the Rest of the World Eleven teams (Rs 15,000), a portrait of Sir Bradman (Rs 32,000), autographed photo frame of the Asian Eleven team at the Foster's Oval, London (Rs 20,000), photo collection of Bradman-captain of the century (Rs 50,000) and Ponting's bat and a pair of batting gloves for Rs 26,000.

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