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‘Batman’ to the rescue for IPL cricket stars

By: Sarwar Alam

When the Indian Premier League’s big hitters need their favourite bat urgently repaired there’s one person they call upon — Aslam Chaudhry, a.k.a. “Batman”. The 65-year-old bat-maker and fixer frequently comes to the rescue of cricket’s most recognisable stars out of his small, decades-old workshop in south Mumbai. “I’ve done bats for Sachin (Tendulkar), for (Faf) du Plessis, for (Steve) Smith, for Chris Gayle, for most of them,” the floppy-haired Chaudhry says. He is the owner of M. Ashraf Bros, a bat-manufacturing shop set up by his father in the late 1920s. Chaudhry, who still makes bats by hand, is…

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