Chris Gayle plays with a 1,350 kg bat. Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir prefer bats weighing between 1,150 and 1,160 kg. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar fight 1,250 – 1,260 kg bats. This information is made available to you by Ram Bhandari, cricket batsman.
Based in Bengaluru, Bhandari did not have the qualifications to pursue his dream of becoming a cricketer. Therefore, he decided to help the players by fixing their bats. In episode 6 of ‘Dream Big Stories’, a project of SK Brand Studio provided by Dream11, Bhandari opened up about how he became ‘The Bat Doctor’. He say:
“My dream is to be a cricketer. However, I have no one to support me. I used to play gully-cricket as a hobby. So I started making bats. This is very integral to cricket. This is also how I lived my dream of being a part of this sport. ”
Bhandari has been repairing bats since 2000. He started working for the Indian cricket team in 2004. Affirming that he loves the job, he also explains what is involved in repairing a bat. He further explained:
“Bat repair and modification implies that if the bat is damaged, torn or chipped, it needs to be repaired. Even the handle needs repair. One has to check the balance, the body language of the players and the way they play. With these in mind, weight and curves have to be given a lot of attention.”
When Indian cricketers come to Bengaluru to practice, they usually call Bhandari. The bat repairman said:
“Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag all appreciate my skill.”
Not only Indian cricketers but international stars such as Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden have also had their wills corrected from ‘The Bat Doctor’.
“When I weighed his cane, it was too heavy” – Ram Bhandari recalls fixing Tendulkar’s cane
Back in 2006-07, Tendulkar suffered from tennis elbow and back pain. So he had to use a bat that was a little lighter in weight than he would normally prefer.
Bhandari helped him reduce the weight of his cane, worked on it and prepared for it in two hours. Recalling the story, Bhandari said:
“In 2006-07 in Malaysia, a tournament was held. Sachin Tendulkar will play in it. When I weighed his cane, it was too heavy. I felt he couldn’t play with that club, with so much weight, especially with tennis elbow and back pain. I somehow fixed his cane. I received the cane and fixed it in two hours. When I gave it to him, he immediately approved and said ‘okay, good’. “
Results are immediate and very satisfying. Bhandari revealed:
“In Malaysia, in his first match, he hit 144 runs and didn’t get out. Then Sachin told me to let his bat just be. “
Concluding his passion, Bhandari said:
“Players come to me to fix their racquets because I put all my heart into the job. I make them follow the players. I kept working with the bats until I was completely satisfied. “
Bhandari’s gripping Batman story is proof that dreams can be reshaped, reshaped, and repaired!
https://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket/news-cricketers-bat-repairer-ram-bhandari-episode-6-dream-big-stories-had-one-support-cricketing-dream-i-started-making-bats?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda Had no one to support my cricketing dream, so I started making bats