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 here 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.
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. The memorabilia will be unveiled here this Friday with former India football captain Baichung 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.