Bhandari said he has had a very good relation with Tendulkar and cherished how he came in contact with the master blaster in 2004.
"It was Rahul Bhai (Dravid) who introduced me to Tendulkar. Ever since, the little master has been using bats modified by me," he said.
When Tendulkar hit a bad patch in 2006, Bhandari figured that the weight of the bat was the culprit. He then reduced it from 1350 grams to 1250 grams.
"It worked like a charm. Tendulkar hit 157 in Malaysia that brought him back to form," said Bhandari. "Tendulkar was so happy that he asked me to give him bats of this weight only."
Bhandari's life-story is no bed of roses. He started his career as a stunt man after completing a course in the Vijaya Film Institute.
He chose to work as a driver for film producer Shailendra Babu and soon became maintenance in-charge for a multi-storey commercial complex in Gandhinagar here.
It was around this time that Bhandari, to support his family, started repairing bats of local cricket players.
The most satisfying moments of Bhandari's life was when Tendulkar got his 50th Test century in South Africa with the bat he had crafted.
"That innings made me feel I am part of Tendulkar's history," he said.
Reminiscing another memorable incident, Bhandari said, "Four years ago I met Shivnarine Chanderpaul in Bangalore. While I was giving a new look to his bat in his hotel, he served me food and after lunch was over,he himself cleared the plates. I was touched by his hospitality and humbleness which still remains fresh in my mind."
Bhandari is not only popular with Tendulkar, but is a celebrity among other cricketers like Chris Gayle, Ricky Ponting, Tilakaratne Dilshan, Luke Wright, Ross Taylor and Kieran Pollard.
'Bhandari ji', as he is called by members of the Indian cricket team, has showed his skills on the bats of Dravid, Virendar Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, besides other top cricketers.