Cricket bat, ball and its essential factors
Cricket is a very fashionable game. It has so many cricket accessories that dress you up in style irrespective of whether you bat or bowl or field. However though they are stylish, it is meant for your protection. It is very essential as you are facing a hard leather cork ball of 5 and half oz of weight. It can be quite hazardous if you do not protect yourself properly. People have lost their careers thanks to severe injuries. In fact some have even died. We all know about the famous incident of Raman Lamba who died without wearing a head gear while fielding at silly point which is one of the closest possible fielding positions in a cricket field. He was struck on the head and died due to brain hemorrhage. Saba Karim (Indian Wicket keeper) lost his eye sight to an extent while keep wickets and he never played again only.
Accessories in cricket include bat, elbow guard, thigh guard, helmet, gloves (keeping and batting), pads (keeping and batting), abdominal guard, chest guard, shades, caps, elbow and knee sleeves, sweaters, skins and other innerwearâ€™s for protection especially while fielding. However, the most essential accessories to play the sport are the cricket bat and cricket ball. Without which the sport simply cannot be played. The cricket bat is simply made out of white willow from trees. It should be no more than 38 inches long and 4.25 inches wide. It is treated with linseed oil for implementing a protective function. Those days the bats were seasoned for about 6 months or so and then used in matches. However the quality of bats has come a long way and thus these days we can directly use it in games as soon as we buy it.
Typically there are two kinds of bats. One with thicker blade and another with a thinner blade. The blade part of the bat is the focal point of the bat. The shot derives its power from that position. Thicker bats are usually heavier. There are suitable for low bouncing wickets where you cannot expect much of short pitch stuff and allow you to play punchy strokes in the front foot. However since these bats are heavier you might find it difficult to play the cut and pull strokes when a ball is being bowled short of length. On fast and bouncy wickets, itâ€™s even harder and you end up muddled in various postures if you are not quick enough when a bowler bowls at 140kmph. On such wickets I suggest you for the thinner blade ones which is easier to lift to pull or hook and cut. Cricket balls also come in two varieties. Either they are white or red. White is used on ODIâ€™s and the red ones are used in test games. Technically speaking, a ball comes with either a protruded broad leather strip or a thin leather strip. The thin leather strips allows you to swing better. The thick strip allows you seam from the wickets. However the thicker one give you better grip than the thinner counterpart and thus helps spinners to grip better once the ball becomes old.
At the same time you should consider the budget because selecting a decent pair of gloves do not mean that it should unfilled your pockets....