Ganguly~~s bat attracts highest bid

Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:A six-ODI ban notwithstanding, Sourav Ganguly's popularity in his own city was proved yet again as his cricketing gear fetched the top three prices in an auction where Rs 5.15 lakh was raised for the welfare of distressed groundsmen and coaches.

Ganguly left behind his disappointment, at the turning down of his appeal by the ICC Appeal Commissioner against the ban, and attended the glittering auction dinner at a five star hotel in the city, where mostly cricketing gear used by the Indian and Pakistani teams went under the hammer.

Accompanied by danceuse wife Dona and daughter Sana, Ganguly sat through the function last night and even handed over his bat, which attracted the highest bid of Rs one lakh, to the winner.

The bid for a bat jointly signed by Ganguly and legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar reached upto Rs 75,000 while a pair of gloves donned by the left hander during the just concluded series collected Rs 65,000.

A jersey, worn by Ganguly during the One-dayers attracted a bid of Rs 25,000, while a Tata Indicom phone bearing the cricketer's autograph fetched Rs 10,000.

The outfit put on by Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul Haq in his 100th Test at Bangalore was lapped for Rs 50,000 while a pair of gloves belonging to the burly batsman got a price of Rs 35,000.

Another bat bearing the signatures of Inzamam and Indian opener Virender Sehwag the two members of the elite 300-run club went for Rs 40,000.

Among other items, jersies of batsman Yuvraj Singh and seamer Laxmipathy Balaji drew bids of Rs 40,000 and Rs 25,000 respectivly.

A bat, initialled by the entire Pakistan team, earned Rs 40,000, but surprisingly there was no taker for another bat which had the signatures of all members of team India.

Several celebrities, Bengal Ranji trophy cricketers and business barons were present in the auction organised by an NGO Usasi.

Ashok Dasgupta, editor of Bengali daily Aajkal, contributed Rs 10,000.

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