Karun Nair and his Gray Nicolls Cricket Bat!

Did you notice? Karun Nair and his Gray Nicolls

I am a cricket fan but more than that I am a cricket bat fan. I love noticing the little cricket bat quirks. I have been intrigued that AB De Villiers has been seen training with an MRF cricket bat, does this mean that AB De Villiers will be leaving the Kookaburra cricket bats that he has used for the entirety of his career?

Karun Nair goes big

I also noticed that the MCC has made recommendation that the law be changed to limit the size of cricket bats. How will this affect the game as we know it? Will it stop top edges going for 6?

But most intriguing of all to me was Karun Nair.

Karun Nair scored a magnificent triple century. I watched as India piled on more than 700 runs against a hapless English attack. But all the while I kept on thinking to myself over the long Karun Nair innings, when is the last time I saw an Indian batsman using a Gray Nicolls cricket bat?

Nair was in fact using the Gray Nicolls Pro Performance cricket bat. I cannot even think when is the last time I saw an Indian cricketer using a GM cricket bat or a Kookaburra cricket bat.

Umar Akmal used to use a GM cricket bat and Dinesh Chandimal used a Kookaburra, Kumar Sangakkarra used a Kookaburra for a long while but I cannot remember when is the last time I saw a batsman from India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka using a predominantly English or Australian cricket bat.

It is well known that at lower levels in Indian cricket these bats are very prevalent. There are some GM cricket bats that are even produced in India but is this Karun Nair triple century going to be the beginning of a trend with top professional Indian cricketers using bats like Gray Nicolls. Or will it be a matter of time before we see Karun Nair using an MRF or SG like cricket bat?

This perhaps goes back to another article i wrote about how it always seems to be a Gray Nicolls Cricket Bat that is involved in record breaking knocks.

Cricket Bat Size Law Change

The MCC which governs the laws in the game of cricket have said that they will be implementing a Cricket Bat Size Law Change as to how big a cricket bat can be.

It has long been viewed that the game has been skewed with the batsmen having too much advantage over bowlers. The technology and skill in making modern day cricket bats also meant that mis-hits were going for six and this was something that the MCC wanted eradicated.

The MCC have asked to approve limitations of 40mm on the edge of the cricket bat and 67mm in swell depth. The 67mm is in fact made up of 60mm of swell and 7mm of curvature on the face of the cricket bat.

There are international cricketers that have edges on their cricket bats that are up to or beyond 50mm, they will henceforth need to have their bats remade. A specific cricket bat gauge will be in effect for all professional cricket matches to ensure that all players have cricket bats that conform to the new regulations. A moratorium period will be in effect in the amateur game, during which players will still be allowed to use their current cricket bats with eventually the need for even amateur players to fall in with the new regulations.

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The law is likely to come into effect on the 1st of October 2017, upon approval by a special MCC committee.

The MCC when discussing the laws of cricket also discussed the possibility of having red cards for the first time ever in cricket. This would mean that an umpire could send a player off for the rest of the game if there is a blatant breach in the laws of the game that warrants the player being sent off.

These are some of the changes in the evolving laws of cricket, what are your thoughts on them?

TOP 5 GIFT IDEAS FOR CRICKETERS

TOP 5 GIFT IDEAS FOR CRICKETERS

Cricketers love gifts of cricket equipment, cricket gear and most of all cricket bats. It all depends how much you want to spend on your cricket mad loved ones. So here is the suggestions that we have come up with for the best cricket gift ideas for cricketers this upcoming festive season.

Back in 2014 i did an awesome article

Cricket Bats

If you really love your cricket friends then you will go straight for the cricket bats. Nothing says I love you to a cricketer more than buying him or her a beautiful cricket bat. If you are looking for the real high end then you will look for the Kookaburra Surge PRO cricket bat or the GM, you may also look at the GM Mana Original LE cricket bat. Cricket Bats are great gift ideas for cricketers.

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There are more budget friendly options in the cricket bat sections too. All of the GM cricket bats for 2017 in the 303 range are superb gifts and also brilliantly priced.

Cricket Shoes

If you happen to know the shoe size then cricket shoes are also a great gift idea for cricketers and not as expensive. One of the great purchases you can make to gift is the Kookaburra PRO 770 spike cricket shoes. There are many other great options when it comes to cricket shoes, this includes the Gray Nicolls PRO Omega cricket shoes that are absolutely top of the range and the latest cricket shoes out there.

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Batting Gloves Under $50

A pair of cricket batting gloves for under $50 is a great gift and doesn’t break the bank. There are so many fantastic pairs of cricket batting gloves that are under $50. The Gray Nicolls F18 600 Batting Gloves is a superb pair of cricket batting gloves that are brilliantly priced and a high quality pair of cricket gloves.  The Gray Nicolls SuperNova 500 cricket gloves are another pair of cricket gloves that are of absolutely top quality that are under 50 dollars. There are also under 50 dollar cricket batting gloves option available from GM, Slazenger and Spartan.

Cricket Sets

If you have beginner cricketers or kid cricketers on your gift list than look at the GM Icon all weather cricket set. These cricket sets are highly durable and the perfect introduction for any cricketer to the game of cricket. The set comes with a cricket bat made of high durability plastic, stumps and a ball. These cricket sets are great for adults too, they are great for beach cricket and even for garden cricket.

Cricket Helmets

Another great gift idea that cricketers always love is a cricket helmet. There are many great cricket helmets out there in a range of budgets from to cricket helmet manufacturers like Shrey and Masuri. The GM Icon GEO cricket helmet is a fantastic cricket helmet that meet all standards and makes for a brilliant gift. The Gray Nicolls Test Opener cricket helmet is yet another superb cricket helmet that makes for a great gift.

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The possibilities are really endless when it comes to cricket gift ideas for all you favorite cricketers out there.