How to Prolong the life of the Cricket bat?
The whole sport of Cricket is fascinated by the batsman’s and the piece of wooden in their hand makes the flow of runs and win the hearts of million cricketing lovers across the world.
Steps to Prolong the life of the Cricket bat are as follows:
Purchasing the bat
Using the Bat in Nets
Repair of Bats
Use of bat in off seasons
Purchasing the Bat:
Well it all starts with the selecting the cricket bat, any cricketer should be careful not to buy one that is too heavy.
He / She should be able to lift it comfortably and in time to play the cross-bat shots. A bat that is too heavy will compromise technique and could result in injuries.
However, we suggest you to take your coach or any mentor along when purchasing of the cricket bats. Your Mentors will give the good advises while selecting best one from the number of bats.
Oiling the cricket bat is the first and major step in Prolong the life of the Cricket bat. Using the Raw Linseed oil to your new bat is recommended.
There is no rocket science is involved here but it is important not to over oil your bat. Use an open weave cloth or wipe to spread a film of oil over the main face of the bat.
Ensure that the edges are also oiled and there is nothing wrong with giving the back of the cricket bat a very light coverage as well but avoid oiling the splice of the bat (the very top section of the blade).
The bat should be laid down horizontally and left overnight, before repeating the process the next day.
This is most commonly used method with a Wooden or Ball Bat Mallet (Bat Hammer) straight from the start and you can do this immediately but put an old sock over the Mallet to soften the initial knocking in process.
The first step we do is to obtain the old leather ball we have and then start to softly hit the front face (blade) with the ball in one hand. Are keep tapping the ball as show in the video below.
During this process make sure that you are knocking every region of the blade. Work down the edges in a precise fashion and then up and down through the central blade.
A cricket bat is designed to hit a ball in its lower middle section, between 10 to 30 cms (4 to 12 inches) from the bottom, so even though you should eventually concentrate on this region you also need to knock the entire blade in as well.
As much as we would like to play all our shots from this hitting zone, even the Don miss hit a few shots.
Gradually begin to increase the force of your blows. It is so important to ensure that you cover every area of the blade that a ball can hit it including the edges which should show a rounded appearance after a while. We recommend you spend another 2 hours on this procedure.
Knocking a cricket bat in must require patience. You simply will not get the best out of any cricket bat unless you spend this time correctly knocking it.
Your investment of time will be well worth it as there is nothing like a well-knocked in cricket bat. Your diligence and patience during this process will be well rewarded.
Using the bat in Nets:
Bat can then be used in the nets, first with old balls, as the player gets a feel for his blade and its sweet spot. Avoiding playing new ball in nets for couple weeks.
Try to play with straight bat as much as possible and avoid playing any ramps shots. Play close to 500 to 600 balls in Nets.
Once you get the feel to bat in nets and confidence to use the bat in matches please be patience. Apply the bat fiber tape before using the bat in the matches.
Regular usage of the bat will start to crack in horizontal lines across the grain. This is quite normal together with small vertical cracks on the blade.
The blade of your cricket bat will sometimes keep going for more than a season before it starts cracking if you look after it – it happens differently in every bat.
The best way to deal with this is to use the superglue method to help reinforce the willow and then apply an adhesive facing.
Yorker lengths are the worst kind of bat breaking ball to be bowled and most toe breakage is as a result of receiving one.
The Yorker can often result in a vertical crack running up the length of the blade on the front and back of the cricket bat.
If the crack is small and inch it can be repaired by the simple superglue method described earlier.
However, if the bats get bigger crack the first thing to do is not to use the bat until the repair work is completed.
A damaged bat must be repaired immediately to curtail any further damage.
Repair of bats:
We suggest you to visit the bat repairer or the Bat doctor (one who is the master of repairing the cricket bats from the ancient period) like the very renowned Ram Bhandari.
Ram Bhandari is a doctor of bats to several International, National, Domestic and most of the players in Bangalore and other part of the India.
Repair must be done promptly, kindly inform in detail to the bat repairer what exactly needs to be take care.
There are chances of batting losing the balance, sometimes bats get heavier or very light in this process. Please be careful.
This probably is the reasons the God of Cricket (Sachin Tendulkar) use to carry the repair things like (sand paper, superglue, riding items and other stuff) in his kit bag to repair the bat by himself.
Use of bat in off seasons:
During the off-season, the bat should be stored in a cotton football stocking which will absorb any moisture.
After a prolonged idle period, please re-oil your bat before going for games again. The bat must be inspected regularly for any damages and if found then remedial measures.
The moisture affects the quality and life of cricket bat and it can cause increased cracks and splits.
To avoid moisture damage to the face, edges and especially the toe, the bat must be kept dry at all times.
Kindly wipe the bat with chux clothe to clear moisture before the use.
Don’ts of Cricket Bats:
Do not leave your cricket bat in the hot boot of a car. This is one of the worst things you can do especially in hot summer months when cricket is played.
Do not take your dismissal out on the cricket bat once you get in the change rooms.
Do not use your cricket bat against cheap cricket balls especially the old compo’s!
Do not expose your cricket bat to excessive moisture or rain. Always dry your bat immediately if it does get wet.
Do Not try to discover the aerodynamic capabilities of your cricket bat after a dismissal. Cricket bats were not designed to fly and throwing your bat is one of the silliest things you can do to it. We have never known a cricket bat to be responsible for a dismissal anyway!
“I take care of my Bat and Bat takes care of me”