Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has reportedly come forward to assist bat repairer Ashraf, who has been hospitalised owing to diabetes and pneumonia-related complications.
Ashraf has repaired several of Tendulkar’s damaged bats during the latter’s playing days with India. Now with the bat-repairer struggling with finances on the hospital bed, Tendulkar has come forward to financially assist Ashraf, who has been admitted to the Savla Hospital since the last twelve days.
Ashraf’s close friend Prasanth Jethmalani claimed that the former India batsmen came forward and spoke to Ashraf and took care of the finances as well. He added:
“Tendulkar came forward and has spoken to Ashraf chacha. He also has helped him financially. A major chunk of the finance has been donated by the legendary batsman”
Apart from Tendulkar, Ashraf has mended the bats of notable players such as Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and Chris Gayle.
He has been a constant presence at the Wankhede stadium when International and IPL matches are conducted at the venue. He also owns a store at Dhobi Talao in South Mumbai. Ashraf is known to mend bats for free as well at times, exhibiting his unparalleled love for the sport.
The Bat-Man’s love for the sport knows no bounds
Aslam Chaudhary’s shop goes by the name of M.Ashraf Bros. It was established in the 1920s by his father.
“I’ve done bats for Sachin (Tendulkar), for (Faf) du Plessis, for (Steve) Smith, for Chris Gayle, for most of them,”
“The IPL is the busiest time because the bats break quite often, They ring me up, I go to see them and then bring the bats back here. It’s a short deadline because they often have to fly off the next day so I have to fix the bats and take them back again asap,”
“All the big stars dare not come here because they will never get out of this lane alive, there will be so much crowd,” he says.
“(Lasith) Malinga made the mistake of coming here once. All hell broke loose and we had to call the police. We had to down all the shutters and he was inside for the best part of two hours until the police came!”