London, July 19: It was the weapon which led India through a triumphant final battle in the World Cup 2011. It was the cricket bat that scored a pivotal, unbeaten 91 runs against Sri Lanka and in so doing, spawned hundreds of millions of smiles and cheers across India.
Indeed, the prized willow of Indian captain M S Dhoni which secured the coveted trophy with an almighty swat over long on, was auctioned off for Rs 72 Lakh at a London hotel on Monday. The objective of such an endeavour, was to raise funds for Dhoni's wife's charity organisation - Sakshi Foundation - that functions for the benefi5t of underprivileged children in India. The lucky winner of the celebrated piece of wood was an investment group from India - RK Global.
Dhoni's bat generated enormous interest among cricket enthusiasts as the winning runs of the title triumph came through a powerful six off it.
Uptil the time he made that match-winning 91, Dhoni wasn't in the best of touch in the World Cup, but promoted himself in the title clash and pulled off his match-winning knock off 79 balls.
India overcame Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final in Mumbai, chasing down a target of 275 for the loss of four wickets with 10 balls remaining.