Complete Guide of Cricket Bat Selection
Cricket bats are made of willow clefts with manual or automated processed in order
to get the perfect cricket bats. While you chose the cricket bats it is important
to understand the parameter on which you will select the bat. In this user guide
we shall explain the cricket selection parameters in details.
Type: There are two types of willow available for manufacturing the cricket
bat (leather ball).
(1) English Willow Cricket bats (2) Kashmir Willow Cricket Bats English Willow
clefts are imported from UK and it is best suited willow for making a high quality
English Willow bats.
Following are the qualities of the English Willow Clefts:
1. It is very lightweight in Nature.
2. It provides good surface for leather ball.
3. Its give good sponge and ping.
4. Grains in English Willow are clear and straight.
5. It can be press easily.
Kashmir willow is originally found at J & k State of India. It is also provide good
batting face and easy to press however as compare to English Willow, it is bit heavier
in nature. English Willow Cricket bats are used by club and international cricketers.
Cricket Bat Sizes: Cricket Bat Size is an important
parameter as based on bat size only players can performer better. Normally bats
comes into two sizes
(1) Full size cricket Bat (2) Youth size Cricket Bat
Bat Size and its selection is depends on player height and age. If a player is having
height more than 5 Ft 7 Inch, than he should select the full size cricket bat. Below
Mention table shows the matrix of cricket bat and its sizes.
To maintain the accuracy and consistence of cricket bats, ICC has standardized the
width of Cricket bat and manufacturers have to produce the bats according to standard
dimensions. Based on playing style of cricketers, Bat handle are destined. It can
be classified into two categories.
(1) Long handle (2) Short handle
For player having height more than 6 ft, it is recommended to choose bat with long
handle. Long handle gives more bat swing and results into more power on shots. Short
Handle is considered as standard one and recommended for player height less than
5 Ft 10 Inch.
Junior Cricket Bats: The Size of Junior Bats Vary from size 1 to size 6. It is important
and recommended to refer above mention table while chose the junior cricket bats.
This table will help young cricketers to choose right cricket bats size as per players
age and height.
Weight of the Cricket Bat:
Bat Weight is very important for cricketer as its impact the performance of player
up to a great extent. Its recommended to take heavy bat if you like to player big
shots at long on and long off. Heavy bat gives more power on shots however with
heavier bat it is difficult to swing it. While with light bat, player can easily
perform cut, pull and drive shots. Lightweight bat profile will allow you to perform
more manipulated shots.
Based on weight bats can be classified into three categories.
(1) Light weight Bat (2) Medium weight Bat (3) Heavy Weight Cricket Bat
Heavy weight cricket bat will have extra bat swell which results into destructive
power on shots. Nowadays with latest technology, manufacturers are making unique
bat shape in order to increase the bat swell by controlling the bat weight. These
types of bat will have more power without increasing the weight of the bat.
Cricket Bat Grains:
In a good quality English willow bat, grain varies from 5 grains to 20 grains. More
grains mean better bat performance and better bat ping. A bat will be treated as
good bat if it is having following willow characteristics:
(1) Bat should have clear grain (from 6 to 12 Grains)
(2) Bat grains looks like little embossed on bat surface.
(3) Grains should be clearly visible on bat surface and it should be through to
other side (Back side of bat)
(4) Grains should be in equal distance from each other.
(5) Grains should be straight.
Bat grains depend on willow quality and how farmer treated the tree. Long age tree
will give you more grains. Grade One willow will provide you best willow and grain
profile. Grade one and two willow is the best willow but it is not necessary that
it will play good.
Grade one willow will have straight grain on face and 5 grain will be visible on
face. For a perfect cricket bat if manufactures are using grade one willow then
its important that there should be no knot on playing area. Grade 3 willow is also
a good quality willow type. It is a bleached willow which is having the half color
on bat but there is no relation of color of willows its playing ability. The grains
of grade three willows may not be perfectly straight. This willow consists of 4
numbers of grains. There will be some small knot may visible on willow face. Grade
four willows is bleached willow which is having half color. This type of willow
could have any number of grains If a bat is having less than 6 grains then it will
called as wide grain bat. If a tree is grown faster then it means it will give narrow
Shape of the bat:
Profile or shape of the Cricket bat should be chosen careful which suits your playing
style. it is recommended to choose traditionally designed shape with mid to low
sweet spot if you are a entry level or beginner player. For hard hitter, players
needs to chose bat with extra thick edge and large bow. This kind of profile will
give additional power and swing to bat for making good stock.
Position of Sweet Spot in a Cricket Bat is very critical because it is decide the
playing style of cricketer. A low sweet spot means, it is closer to bottom to cricketer
bat. This profile of cricket bat would be suitable for front foot drive. This shape
is normally common in traditionally designed bats. Higher Sweet Spot Mean, Position
of swell will be away from bottom of bat. This gives additional power when ball
hits bat higher up. Normally this profile will be suitable for players who like
to play cut and pull shot.
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