How to choose the best cricket bat for you

Cricket, alongside soccer, is one of the world’s most popular sports, with names like Jonty Rhodes, Brett Lee and Sachin Tendulkar instantly recognisable in the sport. Most people that opt to play cricket have a deep-rooted passion from a young age, with aspirations to represent their country at some point.

The first thing to do is to see which clubs there are in and around your area. Most matches take place on Saturday or Sunday and sometimes during the week as well. Upon successful registration, coaches will begin to work on and fine tune various parts of your game, and also get a clearer idea of whether you’re better suited to be a bowler or batsman.

Being a batsmen not only requires skill, but also patience and stamina in waiting to play the ideal shot and running between the wickets. A bat plays a critical part in how well shots are executed. Kookaburra, Gunn & Moore, MRF and Gray-Nicolls are some of the reputable bat and sports equipment brands in the sport.

A bit of a history lesson and according to the International Cricket Council, there is a consensus of expert opinion that the sport may have been invented during Saxon or Norman times by children living in the Weald, an area of dense woodlands and clearings in south-east England. The first reference to cricket being played as an adult sport was in 1611.

History aside, Gumtree outlines some of the factors to take into consideration when deciding on the ideal cricket bat for you:

Style of play

Not all bats are manufactured the same, each varying in weight, profile, thickness and sweet spot.

Budget

Cricket bats have gotten expensive over the years so it’s best to do online research and get an idea of the estimate price for the bat that you are interested in. Smaller sized bats are generally much cheaper – some bats can cost as much as R8 000.

Weight

Unless you are absolutely sure it is the correct option for you, it’s best to physically go to a sports shop and hold the bat in your hand. You don’t want a bat that is too heavy or light as this will ultimately affect how well you play. Everyone differs where their physique and strength is concerned, so it is best to choose a bat that feels right for you.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local service information close to home.

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