But have you ever played the actual cricket? Have you ever hold a bat and scored a six? We bet you have! We know your craze for the real sports match you craze for online fantasy cricket.
Hence we bring you some interesting and worth reading facts about cricket bats:
In 1624, an investigation was held in England, when a fielder was killed after some batsmen playing cricket nearby struck him in the head to stop him from catching the ball.
Cricket bats were initially shaped like hockey sticks until changes to cricket laws forced changes to the bat’s design. For instance, before the year 1864, bowlers weren’t permitted to bowl over arm. When this law was reversed, the recent day cricket bat was soon formed.
In 1979, Australian cricketer Dennis Lille made use of an aluminium bat in a test match against England prior to the umpires intervened and forced him to alter to a wooden bat. Soon after the match, laws were altered stating that all bats must be made from wood.
Most cricket bats are made from English willow or Kashmir willow. English willow is considered best for performance as it’s a softer and lighter timber. The face of the bat is “pressed” to harden the willow and ensure a better performance.
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English willow trees take roughly 15 to 20 years to grow before they are ready to be cut for the production of cricket bats.
Essex Company, J.S. Wright and Sons, are estimated to supply 90% of the world’s English Willow.
Despite the fact that most bats are made from English willow, 80% of the world’s cricket bats are made in India.
Cricket bats range greatly in price and have been found to cost anywhere from around $10 for a low grade junior bat to $1100 men’s premium bat.
Cricket bat handles are made from cane layered with cork or rubber. The handle is inserted into the blade in the shape of a V, bound by cotton and then fitted with a rubber grip. The handle is not only important for grip but also to reduce the shock when striking the ball.
The most common oil used for maintaining cricket bats is raw linseed oil.