SG Willows cricket bats are used around the world, and produced at this factory in India.

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SG Willows cricket bats are used around the world, and produced at this factory in India.

Photographer: Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg

The Cricket Factory Where Dreams Are Made

Equipment needed for the so-called sport of kings is painstakingly crafted at this facility in India.

Saturday sees the start of the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League. Defending champions Mumbai Indians host the Chennai Super Kings in a country where cricket is a way of life—and manufacturing the bats, balls and gloves needed by players is big business.

Pieces of willow wood are carved into the shape of cricket bats at the Sanspareils Greenlands Pvt. factory in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.

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The company was established in 1931 and produces not just bats but also clothing, footwear and other accessories used and worn by players.

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Pneumatic drum sanding machines are used to buff and polish the bats, which the company says have been favored by Indian players including Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag.

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The Indian Premier League (IPL), which begins this weekend, will feature eight teams in all.

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Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders are among the contenders, along with Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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“Equator” seams are sewn by hand onto the cricket balls produced at the Sanspareils Greenlands Pvt. facility.

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The company says all test matches played in India over the past 24 years have used its balls.

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Among the sportswear produced at the site are gloves, including those worn by the Kings XI Punjab team in its IPL matches.

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IPL games continue throughout April and May, with the final due to be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 27.

Photographer: Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg