Over the years, cricket and international cricketers have evolved to make the game entertaining for the fans. The game has seen tons of transformation. The fans have also been quite receptive to a few of the changes. Be it a day-night test cricket or a new format of the game, ICC has been at the forefront of innovation. Change has been the only constant in cricket. Not only has the game seen changes, but cricket gears have also evolved with time. Change in the color of balls or introduction of new protective equipment; cricket has never shied away from trying something new. International cricketers have also experimented with some unique bats.
Let’s look at some unique cricket bats that made the headlines over the years –
Painted Cricket Bats
Cricket without the calypso flavor is unheard of. West Indies cricketers have been famous on and off the field. From their six-hitting abilities to charismatic celebrations, players from the Caribbean know how to express themselves on the cricket field. But during the 2018 edition of Big Bash League, Andre Russell just shocked the world when he came into bat with a black painted cricket bat. This was something new for the entire cricket fraternity. Earlier, manufacturers did not paint the cricket bats and preferred the natural wood color. Soon to follow Russell’s footsteps was his west Indian team-mate, Chris Gayle, when he came into bat with a gold-painted cricket bat. international cricketers
During the eve of the first Ashes test match in 1979, Denis Lillee made the headlines. Not with his bowling but when he came into bat in the first innings. He carried an aluminum bat when he came to the crease. For the first time in the history of cricket, a metallic bat replaced the authentic wooden bat. Instead, a peculiar situation for everyone involved in the match. Earlier, there was no restriction on the kind of cricket bat you want to use. So, Lillee made full use of the rule.
Lillee’s antics did not go down well with his captain, Greg Chappell as well. Later, the opposition captain opposed the tactic and said that this was instead against the spirit of the game.
The Indian Premier League has been at the center of a few innovations in cricket. The 2010 edition saw international cricketer Matthew Hayden using the Mongoose bat. The bat was different from the natural, authentic cricket bats. It had a long handle with a short bottom. Matthew Hayden felt hitting the ball easier with the Mongoose bat as compared to the old fashion cricket bats. international cricketers
The major drawback of the mongoose bat was the short bottom blade making it tough to time the ball. The bat was not a success on bouncy wickets. As well the lightweight of the cricket bat did not help the case further. The Mongoose bat disappeared from the scene entirely, and it hasn’t been seen in the cricket field ever.
Regulations in Cricket Bats
With the advent of all the T20 leagues across the globe, International cricketers started using cricket bats with thicker edges. But in October 2017, ICC came up with a regulation in the thickness of the cricket bats.
The new rule states a bat must have edges no thicker than 40mm while the depth of the bat measured from the highest part of the spine should be no more than 67mm. But there hasn’t been any relief to the bowlers as high scoring games are still quite prevalent in all formats of game.