MS Dhoni, who hit the winning six in the 2011 ODI World Cup, captained India to victory. The bat used by the former captain in the final went on to become the most valuable bat in the world when it was auctioned off for charity.
MS Dhoni hit the winning six to help India beat Sri Lanka and win the 2011 ODI World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium on this day in 2011. The image of Dhoni soaring for a six off a Nuwan Kulasekara delivery and then standing still for a few seconds with his bat raised is still etched in every Indian cricket fan’s mind. The moment was so famous that months later, the bat was auctioned off for a world record of 100,000 pounds (roughly one crore rupees) at MS Dhoni’s ‘East Meets West’ Charity Dinner in London (UK) on July 18, 2011.
R K Global Shares And Securities Ltd purchased the bat. It is also the most expensive cricket bat according to Guinness World Records.
According to Guinness World Records’ official website, “Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s bat was the most expensive cricket bat ever, selling at auction for 100,000 pounds (161,295 dollars) to R K Global Shares & Securities Ltd (India) at M.S Dhoni’s ‘East Meets West’ Charity Dinner in London, UK, on 18 July 2011. Mahendra Singh Dhoni used the bat to hit the winning shot in the 2011 World Cup finals at Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011.”
India held Sri Lanka to a total of 274 for six in the World Cup final. The hosts got off to a slow start in their chase, losing openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar early on.
Sehwag was dismissed for a two-ball duck, and Sachin was dismissed for 18 runs by Lasith Malinga.