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Sportsjam.in Cricket Bats Buyer's Guide

Buying your favourite Cricket Bat suited to your playing style is the key to score those massive runs! We, at www.sportsjam.in , have compiled a Cricket Bat buying guide to help you make an informed choice.

I) Which Bat Size is ideal for me?
There are two broad size ranges: Full Size Bats for Adults & Youth Size Bats for Children. Please refer to the following chart for Height/Size guidance:

Cricket Bat Size Guide

Full Size bats are suitable for players above 15 years of age and above 5ft 7in in height. The regular bats are Short Handle (SH), while for very Tall players (above 6ft 2”) Long Handle is more suitable.

If you are of age 14 years or less, select the appropriate Youth Size Bat between 1 to 6 (refer chart above).

Search Cricket Bats in www.sportsjam.in by selecting “Bat Size” showing values: SH, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 , whichever appropriate for you.

II) What is the difference between Kashmir Willow and English Willow bats?
There are primarily two types of Willows used in Bat-making: Kashmir Willow and English Willow.

Kashmir Willow Bats are reasonable and made from Kashmir willow (in India). The wood is slightly harder than English Willow, but you will find these bats performing better than lower grade English Willow bats. These bats do not need oiling and can be used for play immediately with few practice knocks. Kashmir Willow is ideal for you if:

  1. You have a Small budget: These bats are reasonably priced, as compared to English Willlow
  2. You are a Beginner/Youth: If you are starting to play cricket or you are a young cricketer playing for recreation, these bats are good for you.
  3. You need a practice bat: These are ideal for practice, even for tournament level players.

English Willow Bats are the best quality bats and most international players & top club level players use English Willow. These bats give top rebound performance in higher grades and are also quite lightweight, allowing them to be thicker. The wood used in these bats is usually of 4 grades:

  • Grade 1 Bats: These bats are of highest quality willow, with predominantly Straight grains and minor natural blemishes. These bats are usually Lightweight, allowing it to be thicker and more powerful.
  • Grade 2 Bats: Very good quality willow bats, with mostly Straight grains, usually more than four. There may be minor blemishes or knots, which are only natural in the product. These bats are usually Lightweight, and are the preferred choice for Club cricketers.
  • Grade 3 Bats: Good quality willow, good performance bats. These bats may have a darker colour down one side and lesser straight grains with few blemishes or knots. Good value for money bats and used by standard intermediate club players.
  • Grade 4 Bats: Good value for money bats for starting English Willow players. There may be a cover on the bat to hide blemishes & knots and also in turn, improving durability. These bats may have slightly irregular grain pattern and are less responsive than higher grade English Willow bats.

Log on to www.sportsjam.in and choose “English Willow Bats” or “Kashmir Willow Bats” from the Cricket Menu to choose your favourite Bat.

III) How do I choose the ideal bat weight for me?
Full Size (SH) English Willow Bats usually fall within 3 weight ranges:

Light (2lb 8oz – 2lb 10oz): Lightweight bats are ideal for ‘touch’ players who time the ball, rather than hitting hard. Choose these bats if you play technically correct and want good control of your strokes.

Medium (2lb 10oz – 2lb 12oz): These bats are ideal for balancing power & control. Choose these bats if you are looking for good manoeuvrability with solid power.

Heavy (2lb 12oz+): These bats are thicker and heavier and ideal for Power players. Choose these bats if you are an aggressive 20/20 style player.

Log on to www.sportsjam.in & go to English Willow Bats; Select your desired weight range of English willow bat & choose from the wide selection of bats available. For Kashmir willow bats, we do not provide weight ranges and these bats are usually on the heavier side.

For any further queries, please write to us at [email protected]

Cricket Bats Buyer's Guide