Bat is like a sword of a batsman and he can never allow his sword to rust. Batsmen these days are very aware and know what it takes to keep their bat in good shape. It is important to look after the bat because that is what makes the difference on the field. No surprise, big names like MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli take extra care of their weapons. They treat them like their kids and it is not new. Former India cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar has often spoken about the importance of protecting the bat.
Snehal Pradhan, the sports journalist who has also played six ODIs for Indian women's team, found out the guy, Mahesh Ransubhe, who repairs bats of Indian cricketers like Virat, Dhoni, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja and few more popular names.
Mahesh is a professional in the bat making and repairing industry. He was suggested to Indian cricketers by Kedar Jadhav. Ransubhe is now a famous name in Maharashtra.
It was ahead of India's series against England in 2017 when Virat sought Mahesh aka Chintu's help to repair his bat. The Indian skipper liked Mahesh's work so much that he suggested him to Dhoni. The power hitter wanted a bit of change in the bottom of his bat.
Dhoni got his bat a curved-bottom by Mahesh. After repairing, he revealed that the former India skipper wanted that curved-bottom in order to keep his bat safe from the fast yorkers that directly hit the bottom of the bat which could break it like a thermocouple.
“I met MS Dhoni during India-England ODI series in Pune. He wanted the bat round at the toe. Generally, cricketers prefer the toe to be straight," he said.
Ransubhe also revealed the weights of Virat and Dhoni's cricket bats. He said that Dhoni's bat weighed around 1250 grams while Kohli's bat weighed not more than 1150 grams.
He has worked for England cricketers like Ben Stokes and Joe Root also. "Rahul Tripathi had told Stokes about me and he wanted me to repair one of his bats. When he saw the bat, he was happy with the work and out of happiness, gave Rs 4500,” said Ransubhe.