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Tendulkar comes to aid of ailing Ashraf who once fixed his bats

Filed on August 25, 2020
Chaudhary, who once fixed Sachin's bats has been admitted to the hospital.

Sachin Tendulkar has volunteered to provide financial support to Ashraf Chaudhary (right), who has been hospitalised with pneumonia-related complications. - Twitter

Ashraf Chaudhary once fixed Sachin Tendulkar's damaged bats and now the former cricketer has taken it upon himself to help the ailing bat repairer who has been hospitalised for considerable amount of time.

"Ashraf Chacha" as he is known in cricketing circles, has been admitted to the Savla hospital for past 12 days due to diabetes and midzone pneumonia-related complications.

The bat maker's close friend Prashant Jethmalani told PTI on Tuesday, "Tendulkar came forward and has spoken to Ashraf Chacha (Ashraf uncle). He has also helped him financially. A major chunk of the finances has been donated by the legendary batsman."

Ashraf has fixed bats of several noted cricketers including Tendulkar and Virat Kohli but fell on hard times due to Covid-19 as both his health and business took a beating.

He is an ever-present figure inside the Wankhede stadium during international and IPL matches.

Even international players like Australian Steve Smith, West Indians Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard have all hit sixes with bats mended by Ashraf Chacha.

The bat maker owns a shop M Ashraf Bro, which is situated in South Mumbai, and there have been times when he has repaired bats for free just for his love for the game and the players.


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