Hyderabad: The World’s largest cricket bat at 56.1 feet long, weighing 900 kgs and made from poplar wood, which entered the Guinness World Record, was unveiled by Aravind Kumar, IAS, Principal Secretary, MA&UD and Commissioner, I&PR, Govt. of Telangana.
The bat, which was designed by Pernod Ricard India (P) Ltd, was fabricated by BSL events and took almost a month to build. Seagrams Royal Stag Bottled Water is dedicating the bat to the Indian T20 cricket team that is participating in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Udit Dugar and Gopal Akotkar, formally handed over the bat to the Government of Telangana, on behalf of Pernod Ricard India (P) Ltd. The bat will be installed on Tank bund road in Hyderabad, for public display and to build the tempo in support of the Indian T20 team among fans. Former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin and IT secretary Jayesh Ranjan were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, Aravind Kumar said the bat will mark the celebration of Diwali festival and it will be celebrated from Sunday itself as India play Pakistan in the opening match. “We are installing the bat on Tank Bund for people coming to Sunday Funday, to savour the visual treat this bat is. We have requested Azhar bhai, that this bat should be accommodated in the Uppal stadium later. It’s a matter of pride for Hyderabad that this bat, the world’s largest bat, is being displayed here. I compliment Pernod Ricard for choosing Hyderabad to display this,’’ he said.
Ranjan appreciated Ricard for placing this rare bat in the city of Hyderabad. “I congratulate Pernod Ricard. They could have placed this rare bat, which holds the world record, in any part of the country but they chose Hyderabad and that’s a matter of huge pride. A record holding bat will permanently be displayed in Hyderabad and that’s tremendous honour.’’
Azharuddin said he was amazed to know about the weight of the bat. “Being Hyderabad, I am more than delighted that this iconic bat was made in Hyderabad. It’s all the more rewarding as it is certified by the Guinness World Record. You are being rewarded for the time, effort and planning put in to make this epochal bat. I wish the Indian cricket team the very best in the T20 World Cup.
“Tor tomorrow’s match against Pakistan, it is going to be a great tussle and India will come out with flying colours. We have a very experienced team and my favorite player is Rohit Sharma. I request Jayesh Ranjan sir and Arvind sir to install this bat in the Uppal Cricket stadium, I will be more than happy to have it there, it will be a landmark in the cricket ground.’’