As a batsman we always feel concerned about the bat, some time we just choose our bat by seeing it in our cricket role-model/heroes. But there are lots of factors which are important while choosing your bat. It depends on your weight, your height, type of the willow, type/format of a cricket you are playing, what kind of a player you are. what is your batting line up. This is just a gist of the things essential while choosing a bat.
Today we will tell you how to choose your bat and what are the various factor you have to choose while selecting a bat and very importantly how to take care of your bat. Here I am starting with the article, I’ll start with the requirement first.
Requirement: Very firstly you have to keep in mind the bat you are going to select is played against which type of ball. If you are planning to play with a leather ball you must use a thicker bat. These bats are a bit more costly than the bats played against Tennis or Rubber balls.
Height: Second important factor is your height. There plays major role in selecting your bat, the below image will tell you the types and average heights of the bats that are available in the market.
Cricket Bat Material: There are Four types of Bats and are available in the market
1) Kashmir Willow: The bats of Kashmir Willow are respectively heavier than the English willow. Kashmir willow bats are originally made in India. These bats are cheaper in price than English willow and will be used for lower range and priced Cricket bats. These bats also do not have the same performance effect as English willow bats.
2) English Willow: This kind of a willow is preferred by majority of the batsman due to its lighter weight and high performance while striking the ball. This willow requires a lot of care while handling of the bat.
3) Carbon Fibre: Some of the manufacturers insert additional carbon fibre into the handle of the bat to make the bat feel lighter in the hands. Carbon also help to generate more powerful shots.
4) Titanium: Adding titanium to the handle of the bat is a latest technology to add Boost and provide more power in the hitting zone.
Weight of the bat plays major role in playing the shots. The heavier bats are durable and provide more power to the shots. But the lighter bats allows you to play the shots very quickly. Lighter bats add speed to your shots and provide better control. So while selecting a bats you should know your forearm's power and strength. The better technique to select the weight of the bat is,
hold the bat at the top of the handle and try to pick it up perpendicular to your chest. If you able to pick up the weight without your hand shivering that would be the perfect bat for you.
Your batting style helps you to choose your bat we can categories the batting style into: 1) Front-Foot player 2) Back-Foot player. Front foot players usually prefers the Lower Middle bats and Back foot players usually choose Higher Middle bats.
Always check out the handle while selecting your cricket bat. Handle size plays an vital role in the format of cricket. If you are playing a limited over or shorter format cricket you should go for longer handle and shorter blade size. And if you preferring to play One day or long over format you should go for longer handle or the average handle size according to your height.
Handle Shape: There are two types of handles available first one is oval and second one is round.
Oval Handle Bat: If you are a player of technique you should go for oval handle. As the bats does not twist into your handle after the impact of the bat and therefor less energy required to play the shots.
Round Handle: If you are a hitting batsman. While allow the bottom hand come into play more easily for aerial shots. I prefer a player who plays with horizontal bat must go with Round handle bats.
Next thing that comes into consideration is the Grip:
You should know the importance of the grip. Some of the Cricket players add double layer to their bats for more lighter pickup and which also improve your bat speed. But keep in mind it will also increase the weight of the bat. So add appropriate grips to your bats accordingly.
This is the top most part you must keep in mind while selecting a bat. Grains is the lines available on the bat which shows the age of that willow . A Cricket bat with 6 to 10 grains on the intermediate quality English willow are the bats of longer age and strong wood. So you should go for the bats who has 6 to 10 grains on the face of the bat. Also check out the distance between the grains it should be same in every grains. Grains profile must be same in front as well as at the back of the bat.
So, these are the various factors essential while choosing a bat. So take into consideration these factors and suggestions which will help you choose a perfect bat for you to go out in the field and give you best shot.
In the next part of the article we will tell you how to take care of your bats and how to increase the performance of the bat.