There are not many cricket brands that have entered the cricket brand market with as much as a bang as Kunal Sharma and his Spartan Brand of Cricket bats.
As much as Spartan has put out a quality line of cricket bats, they have also signed some of the most popular faces on the cricketing planet to pump up their brand. Players like Chris Gayle and Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Michael Clarke.
Clarke was always an exponent of Slazenger, always flaunting the latest bat that Slazenger had to flaunt. He then went for a test match or two where his bat was sponsorless and he then emerged on the other end wielding a Spartan Cricket Bat. This is not dissimilar to a another Australian captain, Steve Waugh. Steve Waugh was a Gunn & Moore loyal, wielding most bats they had to offer from the early days of the Diamond. Waugh then went for a few matches with a blank cricket bat and then emerged using an MRF cricket bat.
Spartan to their credit have produced a line of very fine cricket bats. Their bats have a square toe which is to the liking of some cricketers. There is no doubt that Sharma and his Spartan brand will continue to trailblaze when it comes to cricket equipment. The question though is not so much what are they going to come out with next but rather which international player are they going to nab next?
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First Cricket Head Protection/Helmet
It is hard to call the first piece of protective head gear in cricket a helmet, but it was an innovative piece of equipment nonetheless. It was a 3-peaked cap worn by Middlesex cricketer Patsy Hendren.
The year was 1933 and Harold Larwood was at his ferocious best. He was instilling fear in the hearts and minds of the batsmen who had to face up to him. Patsy Hendren came up with a Sherlock Holmes style cap. The cap had three flaps and the goal of the cap that instead of the ball smashing into the batsman’s head it would be deflected away without causing harm.
It was a valiant effort but the problems with Patsy’s helmet were inherent to the naked eye. While it was a great effort for the glancing blow, it did little to combat a blow that was headed flush for the batsman’s head.
There is no historical record of whether Hendren ever received a blow to his self made head protection yet it will always go down in history as the first piece of cricket head protection ever worn.
The helmet has evolved a great deal since then and many believe that it is still a work in progress, as new helmets like the Masuri Vision Series
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Affinity Cricket Bats
The bespoke cricket bat is becoming a buzz word in the cricket gear world. As a huge movement pulls away from the inferior bulk machine made cricket bats, brands like Affinity Cricket and Hammer Cricket are popping up with fantastically crafted cricket bats. These bats fill the void of superbly handcrafted cricket bats and give consumers far more options in terms of buying a high quality hand crafted cricket bat.
The Affinity cricket
range includes bats with various specifications that are made to suit various playing styles and pitch conditions. The Affinity Carbine
and the Affinity Spectre cricket bats
are two fantastically crafted cricket bats. The weight distribution is superb and thought gone into crafting these great cricket bats is immense. Weights are precise and the balance is also great. The willow is of the highest quality and cricket lovers can really get their hands on a high end bespoke boutique cricket bat at a fraction of the price of what it may normally cost.
Brands such as Affinity cricket
is definitely a step towards where the future of cricket bat buying and making is heading. Consumers will look out for these hand crafted bats that are made with care and due diligence before purchasing a generic machine made bat, no matter the cricket brand name.