Yuvraj Singh’s Bat Sponsor

YouWeCan – An Initiative by a true champion

As you will have noticed in IPL 10, Yuvraj Singh has a new bat sponsor. Yuvraj has used quite a few different bat sponsors over the years but the back of Yuvraj’s bat which “YouWeCan” is a give away as to what his new cricket bat is promoting.

When Yuvraj is in full flight, there are few players that make clearing the boundary look as elegant and as easy. It is like yesterday that we remember Yuvraj at Kingsmead in Durban launching Stuart Broad for six sixes.

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Since that time when Yuvi set the T20 record in Durban, he has battled off the cricket field as well. That was of course the battle against cancer. Yuvraj overcame that and has since opened a foundation call the “YouWeCan” to assist cancer patients in India.

What was critical in Yuvraj overcoming cancer was the fact that the cancer was detected early. The Yuvraj Singh Foundation through the YouWeCan initiative seeks to help Indians get early detection on cancers so that they too, can have a better shot at survival.

The foundation has other initiatives which assist in lowering the stigmas that may be surrounding people with terminal illness and assisting cancer patients.

While many cricketers in India have foundations, as a cancer survivor this is an initiative that is no doubt something that is very real and very close to home for Yuvraj.

There is few better ways to raise awareness for your organization than to hoist your bat with the foundations initiative logo during the country’s most watched tournament.

Indian cricket fans love the minor details in the game, like which player is using which bat and they have no doubt gained a new awareness for the Yuvraj Singh Foundation since he started using the YouWeCan cricket bat.

The 4 IPL Hundreds So Far

As the IPL turns for the business end of the group stages, we take a look at the 4 centuries that have been scored in the current edition of the IPL, VIVO IPL 10.

Sanju Samson- Delhi Daredevils

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The first hundred of the IPL was scored by Sanju Samson. Samson’s career has mirrored somewhat this edition of the IPL. He burst on to the scene and has since fizzled out. When we first saw Sanju Samson he was using an MRF cricket bat, he is currently using an SS Ton. Despite scoring a century, Samson has been slightly overshadowed by Rishabh Pant. Pant is of course a former India u19 superstar. Pant is one of the rising stars in who is an endorsed professional using SG cricket bats and SG cricket equipment.

Hashim Amla- Kings XI Punjab

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Hashim Amla has very much of a Jacques Kallis feel to him. He has proven that he is an outstanding T20 cricketer in the IPL, much like Kallis did for the KKR. Amla’s century further underlined his ability to be an awesome T20 player especially when the field is up, in taking advantage of gaps. Best of all is that he does it without playing a shot in anger. When we first saw Hashim Amla on the international cricket scene he was using Kookaburra cricket equipment and Kookaburra cricket bats. But now for the longest time he has been using BAS cricket bats which used to be under the brand Vampire.

David Warner- Sunriser Hydrebad

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Is there any cricketer that is more suited to IPL than David Warner. In the Test series versus India, Warner had a very lean run but he has shown glimpses of the best in the IPL. His switch hits have been as good as anyone in the game. With his magnificent hundred, he once again proved why he is one of the most sought after T20 professionals. Warner of course uses the cricket bat that he developed along with Gray Nicolls, the Gray Nicolls Kaboom.

Ben Stokes- Rising Pune Supergiants

It is the first time we are seeing a lot of Englishmen in the IPL. For the most part, many of the Englishmen have been medium to disappointing. Tymal Mills was not the revelation he was hoped to be and Joss Buttler has blown hot and cold. Ben Stokes has been box office hit though. Ben Stokes scored his hundred to get his team out of a difficult situation, Ben-Stokes

his shot selection and bowler selection was excellent. Stokes of course uses New Balance cricket equipment and he has fared fairly well with the ball too.

How many hundreds do you think the IPL still has in store?

SG Cricket Bats Sponsored Stars Storming the IPL #1

Gautam Gambhir

SG Cricket Bats Sponsored Star Gambhir Takes the Orange Cap

As the Group Stages of the VIVO IPL comes to the business end, the outstanding performers are becoming quite clear. One of those outstanding performers is Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir. After 8 games in the IPL, Gambhir tops the run scoring charts with his SG cricket bat and as such wears the prestigious IPL Orange Cap.

Kolkata:KKR batsman Gautam Gambhir plays a shot during 10th edition IPL Match against Kings XI Punjab in Kolkata on Thursday.PTI Photo by Ashok Bhaumik(PTI4_13_2017_000247B)

Kolkata:KKR batsman Gautam Gambhir plays a shot during 10th edition IPL Match against Kings XI Punjab in Kolkata on Thursday.PTI Photo by Ashok Bhaumik(PTI4_13_2017_000247B)

Those who have been watching the IPL would be impressed at Gambhir’s comfort with which he has scored freely and responsibly during the IPL 2017. Cricket gear and cricket bat lovers will also notice that Gambhir is batting with the SG Players Edition cricket -bat.

Gambhir is a fine example of the versatility that the SG Players Edition cricket bat offers. You have the incredibly light weight pick-up which is great for the deft touches and caress type of strokes. We have seen a few of these from Gambhir with either a delicate late-cut or a crisp flick of the pads. Yet, the SG Players Edition Cricket Bat also has all the willow and craftsmanship necessary to play the expansive shots that clear the boundary with ease.

Gambhir has been devastating with some of his slog sweeps over the leg side and he has been particularly pleasing when playing the big shot inside-out on the off side.

Gambhir has not only batted beautifully but he has also captained the KKR very well. Many fans felt that Kolkata would miss the prowess of star West Indian Andre Russel but as it turns out they have performed brilliantly without him.

It remains to be seen whether Gambhir and his KKR team have the wherewithal to be the IPL Champions for 2017 but one thing is for sure they are definitely making a very good effort of it. Currently they look like one of the toughest teams to beat.

Odd Pieces of Cricket Equipment

Dennis Lillee’s Combat

Lillee with his ComBat – The Age

 

In December of 1979, Dennis Lillee came out to bat with an aluminum cricket bat. The cricket bat was named the ComBat. The umpires stepped in and asked Lillee to replace his aluminum cricket bat with something of the willow ilk. Lillee was unimpressed with the umpire’s decision and threw the ComBat away in disgust. It was feared that the aluminum bat would cause damage to the ball.

John Mooney’s Helmet at Cricket World Cup 2015

John Mooney’s Helmet at Cricket World Cup 2015

John Mooney’s Helmet at Cricket World Cup 2015

Irish all-rounder John Mooney came up with his own unique helmet. This was in response to the fact that cricket helmets were not protecting the neck of cricketers. Mooney who was using an Albion cricket helmet at the time, placed a grille on the back of his helmet to protect his neck. Since this, cricket helmet manufacturers like Masuri and Shrey have manufactured  Stem Guards and Neck Protectors that fit on to the back of the helmet.

Graeme Smith’s Glove in the Sydney Test Match

Mitchell Johnson broke Graeme Smith’s hand in the first innings of the Sydney Test Match of 2009. However, needing to save the Test match for his side, Smith came out to bat in the 2nd innings at number 11. Smith had a reengineered batting glove to protect his broken hand. The physio and backroom staff of the Protea’s took apart a glove and stitched it and taped it to another glove. This essentially gave Smith double protection on the broken hand.

The Fiber Glass Motorcycle Helmet

Dennis Amiss bats in the nets with a helmet before the second Packer Supertest in Melbourne, December 1978 © Getty Images

Dennis Amiss bats in the nets with a helmet before the second Packer Supertest in Melbourne, December 1978 © Getty Images

Dennis Amiss received jeers and booing from the crowd when he came out to bat with a fiber glass motorcycle helmet. The helmet was much lighter than a regular motorcycle helmet but looked the exact same.

Keeper Gloves, here are our Top 5 for 2017

Wicket keeper gloves are an essential piece of cricket equipment. The development of the wicket keeper glove has come a long way. Nowadays many of the great cricket equipment manufacturers are producing quite incredible wicketkeeping gloves. Continue reading

See Whats new in the SG Cricket Gear 2017 range?

SG has produced some superb cricket gear for 2017. There is a lot of SG Cricket Gear to choose from with great quality cricket bats, cricket gloves, cricket shoes and cricket padsWe have done our best to help you out and present 5 stand out pieces of cricket gear from SG in 2017.

1.      SG Player Edition Cricket Bat 2017

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This is the crème de la crème of SG Cricket Bats. It is made with superior limited edition English Willow. It has a very light pick up and huge edges. The mid to low sweet spot gives the bat great balance and immense power. This is the very same type of cricket bat that would be used by an SG professionally contracted cricketer, this SG Cricket Gear it is that good!

2.      SG Sunny Legend Cricket Bat 2017

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The Sunny range of SG cricket bats are of course named after the great Sunil Gavaskar. The SG Sunny cricket bats have for a long while been a favorite among cricketers. The power and performance from the oval shaped handle is immense. A mid to low sweet spot with huge power in every area of the bat with premier English Willow make the SG Sunny Legend cricket bat, a SG Cricket Gear option for 2017. 

3.      SG RSD Select Cricket Bat

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SG has done a superb job in giving variation in their cricket bat range. This includes variation in price. The SG RSD select cricket bat has great specifications with impeccable sweet spot and great hitting power. The bat is made with English Willow and has a very budget friendly price. The quality of the willow is what influences the price but SG Cricket Gear have really done a superb job to keep the price as low as it is on the SG RSD Select Cricket Bat. 

4.      RSD Supalite Batting Pad

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It is not only on the cricket bat front that SG has excelled for 2017. SG has done remarkably well with their softs and protective gear ranges. One of the stand out pieces of gear in the protective gear range from SG is the SG RSD Supalite Batting Pad. The best feature of this cricket batting pad is suggested in the name itself. They are extremely light. The extreme lightness of these cricket batting pads does not have any adverse effect on how incredibly protective they are. They are also very durable. 

5.      SG Test Batting Gloves

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If you are looking for the best cricket batting gloves on the market as loved by many international professionals then the SG Test Batting Gloves are a must-have for this season. The gloves have lots of great protection with added protection on the vulnerable fingers of the bottom hand. They also have great breathability with ventilation and also premium leather palms to ensure that the SG Test batting gloves last a long time. 

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AB De Villiers Moves to MRF cricket from Kookaburra Cricket

AB De Villiers Moves to MRF cricket

AB De villiers moves to MRF Cricket

 

 

 

It is well known that Indian cricket fans love AB De Villiers perhaps more than any other foreign cricketer. If they could they would certainly have AB De Villiers batting in the Indian top order alongside world superstar Virat Kohli. De Villiers has made a new strong connection to India by dropping his Kookaburra cricket bat for an MRF cricket bat.

MRF has long been known for signing cricket gear and cricket bat contracts with the top batsmen in the world. Virat Kohli is currently a user of MRF cricket bats and in the past there have been the greatest of the cricket greats, including Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Steve Waugh. It does not get better than that and AB De Villiers has joined that illustrious group.

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The signs that AB would be joining MRF were quite evident when he was seen netting with the MRF bats. There was probably no need to give the bats a full test run when he saw the way Virat Kohli was striking the ball.

This does however end a long time contract that De Villiers had with Kookaburra. From the moment De Villiers burst onto the international scene more than a decade ago he has been an exponent of Kookaburra. Following the retirement of Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey, AB De Villiers was virtually the poster boy for Kookaburra cricket gear.

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With Eoin Morgan also switching to an Indian bat manufacturer it seems that the Indian influence in the game is becoming more and more of a factor particularly from a marketing perspective.

Love it or loathe it, it is undisputed that the IPL has led to opportunities such as this one with AB De Villiers changing from Kookaburra to MRF. It stands to reason that it is only a matter of time before more international cricketers will also be joining the ranks of supreme Indian cricket gear manufacturers.

What do you think about the move for AB? Please leave your comments and thoughts below. Thx for enjoying this story with us.

CA Tennis Ball Cricket Bat

CA Tennis Ball Cricket Bat

 

So, you are a beginner to the game of cricket and have probably begun playing with a tape ball or a tennis ball. This is a very good move, starting off with a tape or Tennis Ball Cricket Bat before moving on to the real hard leather cricket ball, will ensure that you have adequate bat skills before you have to face the hard ball.

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This also means that you have to find a bat that will perform with the tape and tennis balls. Many people falsely think that any old bat would do. This is not so, as you probably want to use something a little less expensive, but still something that gives you the feeling of wielding a real cricket bat. This is why the CA Somo Cricket Bat 2014 is a great beginners bat.
It is sturdy and gives the batsman the feeling of a real cricket bat but is specially crafted for optimum play on a tennis or tape ball. CA’s 2014 range is superlative and they have left no market unchartered. The fact that they have gone the lengths to engineer a bat like the Somo with specific tape ball credentials is something worth marveling at.
If this season you will be facing a tape ball before you move up into the cricketing big leagues, the CA Somo Cricket Bat is a great bat to own. It is priced well and also makes for the perfect backyard cricket bat. If treated properly and protected from the elements, there is no reason why the CA Somo Tape Ball Cricket Bat should not last a lifetime.
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2012 GM cricket batting gloves and helmets

2012 GM cricket batting gloves and helmets

New 2012 GM cricket batting gloves and the new Pro cricket helmet.

 

 

2012 GM original limited edition cricket batting gloves

GM original limited edition cricket batting gloves

 

I really liked the new 2012 GM original limited edition batting gloves. I found the Pittards leather to be very soft and comfortable yet it still allowed for supremem control of the cricket bat. Over all they seemed a bit loose on me and i would probably use a set of batting inners if i were to use these gloves in a match.

 

The construction and design were also very good with the extra protection on the two bowling fingers. There is plenty of top quality leather on these gloves and that adds to the light weight design of the gloves. lots of vents spread around the gloves so we, here in texas dont over heat during the very hot summers and also lots of extra protection so your hands and fingers dont get jammed up against the bat handle if the ball bounces a little higher than expected.

 

Overall a very good set of cricket batting gloves great for any level even international test level.

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GM 808 2012 cricket batting gloves

 

GM 808 cricket batting gloves 2012

 

These are the new 2012 GM 808 cricket batting gloves and are basically a cheaper version of the GM original limited edition gloves. The over quality is still very high and these are a high club or county level glove. Still very light and comfortable its just the type of materials used that make these gloves cheaper. Some examples are instead of these gloves being 0.440g like the Original LE’s these gloves are a little heavier at 0.535 g for the pair.

 

Also instead of the Pittard leather these 808 batting gloves are calf leather.

 

Overall though i would say that these gloves are still very good and if you cant afford the expensive originals i would just get these 808’s as they are still adequate for any normal persons cricket.

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GM Pro helmet 2012

 

2012 GM pro cricket helmet

 

This is the new adition to the GM helmets for the 2012 season.Some of the notables for this helmet are :

 

These helmets will be available in junior, senior and senior large sizes.

 

There is a rear velcro strap that lets you adjust the overall size of the helmet so you get an exact fit.

The new construction material of the helmet piece has increased the stiffness of the peak making sure a ball cannot squeeze through and overall comfort has been improved.

 

A classic style helmet ready for any challenge you throw at it.

 

 

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