Of his most priceless possessions were the bats he used during his playing days. So when legendary India batsman V.V.S. Laxman decided to auction one such bat to raise funds for a noble cause, one could only stand and admire the man known for wristy flicks and glorious cover drives.

The funds thus raised would go to Sparsh Hospice, a charitable palliative care centre treating terminally ill cancer patients.

The bat auctioned on Saturday was the one he used during training sessions in the Mohali Test versus Australia in 2010, where he scripted one of his most famous match-winning knocks in the company of city-mate Pragyan Ojha.

“Honestly, I am amazed at the wonderful charity work Sparsh has been doing. I have been associated with this organisation headed by Dr. Subrahmanyam and his wife Dr. Pranithi Reddy for the last two years,” he told The Hindu .

“The family members are aware that some of the patients are terminally ill — with little chances of surviving. But, Sparsh is a cut above the rest,” Laxman explained.

By auctioning his bat, the legendary batsman plays his part in raising funds for Sparsh Hospice, a palliative care centre for terminally ill cancer patients