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.

MRF cricket bat

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.

MRF cricket bats

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.

Top Cricket Bats 2016 #5-#1 with a Twist

We continue the countdown of the best bats to look out for in 2016. We are comparing them to motor vehicles. Here is the final 5 on our list and these are the absolute F1 of cricket bats.

5. Hammer Kryo Cricket Bat-Porsche Cayenne

The Hammer Kryo is like the Porsche Cayenne because it is a utility cricket bat with a Porsche engine. It is superbly powerful and also superbly durable. It is much like the Hammer Patriot. Like the Porsche Cayenne it packs a lot of punch in a lightweight and aesthetically pleasing blade. Mid sweet spot and it differs from the Porsche in that it is a very fairly priced cricket bat for a truly world class batting experience.

4. GM Mana Original Cricket Bat-Bentley Continental

GM is the most reliable cricket bat manufacturer in the world. The GM Mana is their latest bat for 2016 and it is superb. It is impressive on the eye and oozes class much like the Bentley Continental. The GM Mana Original is made from Grade 1 English Willow and you can rest assured that GM gets the cream of the crop when it comes to the willow. Like a Bentley it is pleasing on the eye and luxurious to use (if that is possible for cricket bat). It has a superbly light pick-up and a mid sweet spot with virtually no flaws. It is flawless, want to bat with the Bentley cricket bat, then why not give the GM Mana Original a go for 2016. 

3. New Balance DC 1080 cricket bat-Audi A4

The Audi A4 is a classic car and their newest model is shaping up to be a very sought after commodity. The same can be said for the New Balance DC1080 cricket bat. In general, New Balance is the fastest growing cricket brand. Big marquee players like Steve Smith, Joe Root and Ben Stokes are really flying New Balance cricket equipment flag really high. This is for very good reason. Bats like the New Balance DC 1080 have very traditional look but with some great quirks. Quirks like the minimal concaving and the oh so sweet mid sweet spot. The New Balance DC 1080 should definitely be high on your list of sought after bats in 2016.

2. Adidas Pellara Elite Cricket Bat- Aston Martin

There is no doubting that from all the cricket bats available for 2016 the adidas Pellara Elite is one of the coolest cricket bats out there. If James Bond played cricket in 2016, he would use an adidas Pellara Elite. Besides for being an aesthetically  gorgeous cricket bat, it is an absolute high performance cricket bat. It has a slightly lower than middle sweet spot but great power has been imparted to a bat with a really superb balanced feel. This bat is a superb buy for the upcoming season.

1. The Kookaburra Ghost 500 cricket bat- Range Rover

The Kookaburra Ghost 500 is where extreme power and beauty meet. It is perhaps the most powerful in the vast range of cricket bats that has been produced for 2016 by Kookaburra. A slightly shorter blade and longer handle means that there is no bat built for power hitting like the Kookaburra Ghost 500. Superb English Willow and the super spine that grace all of Kookaburra’s bats and you have the complete luxury 4×4 of cricket bats. There is no better place than cricketstoreonline.com to scoop up one of these beauties today before they are gone. These will not last long.

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GR7 Original Cricket Bat

GR7 Original Cricket Bat

There is scantly a cricket bat brand that is not covered by us here at Cricket Gear Reviews. The GR7 is a very exciting cricket brand and it is receiving rave reviews for very good reason. It is truly a fantastic cricket bat.

GR7 Gary Rich photo

It has all the credentials and foundations of a superb professional level cricket bat but aside from that it also has all the trimmings and trappings of the truly explosive modern day cricket bats. For starters it is made from Grade 1 English Willow. These smaller bespoke bat makers like GR7 are often afforded the luxury of their bat makers selecting all of their premium willow by themselves. This means that the pod shaver is one hundred per cent happy with the grade of the willow he is working with.

GR7 in all out cricket magazine

The sweet spot on the GR7 Original Cricket Bat is as middle as it comes. This is a highly traditional cricket bat and has a lot in common with one of the best brands of cricket bat in the world, the Affinity line of cricket bats. The striking similarity between the bats is the fact that both Affinity and GR7 have taken a step back from the really massive edges and gone for a bat that is well weighted and willow driven. The edges on this bat are between 28mm and 33mm, but the bat packs a punch of epic proportions. 

GR 7 clefts in the raw

The standard grip that is fitted on the GR7 Original cricket bat is pure white and Chevron design. The chevron design is known for providing good grip and comfort to the batsman. 

The bat has a weight range of about 2lbs8oz to 2lbs13oz. Yet the balance and overall pickup of the bat is superb. It feels a lot less than it actually is and all the effort has gone in to give maximum amounts of power to every area of the cricket bat.

Traditional in shape with slight concaving and a cambered bat face. All in all, the GR7 Original cricket bat is a masterpiece and well worth its price tag.

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Hunts County Caerulex Cricket Bat

The Bat : Hunts County Caerulex Cricket Bat

You might remember the days when international cricketers were using Hunts County Cricket Bats. Darryl Cullinan was probably the best proponent of Hunts County cricket bats. Hunts County are still producing very high quality cricket bats. One of their bats is the Hunts County Caerulex cricket bat. It really is a beautiful bat. The stamp on the blade instead of the sticker gives it a very old feel and allows the beauty of the English willow to come to the fore.The no sticker very much lends itself to the very traditional shape of the bat. This bat is handcrafted in England and the quality of the craftsmanship is quite obvious on the cricket bat. From shoulder to toe, this cricket bat oozes high quality.

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Hunts county cricket bats

Hunts county cricket bats

The Hunts County Caerulex has a very vast weight range starting with 2lbs7oz and going all the way up to about 3lbs2oz. One of the most incredible things about the Hunts County Caerulex cricket bat and all other County cricket bats is the fact that the bats are hand balanced. This means that you can rest assured that the bat has an even weight distribution and a great balance. This particular bat has an elongated sweet spot and a bowed profile. The individual balancing of the cricket bat means that every single bat has been also tested for quality before it leaves the Hunts County production floor.

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The Hunts County Caerulex comes with a toe guard fitted standard and a scale grip. The scale grip is known to give a lot of control to the batsman at the same time it has a negating effect on perspiration that may be present.

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Hunts County have made the Caerulex available in a wide variety of sizes for youth and men. It may not be so traditional nowadays to opt for a Hunts County Cricket bat but this particular cricket bat has all the credentials of a really great cricket bat. 

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BAS Bounces Back with Sachin

It is no secret that Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne will be playing some high profile cricket matches in the USA. What you may not know though is that Sachin Tendulkar seems to be using BAS cricket bats once again. In general it is no great fanfare to have a retired cricketer use your bat but when you talking about cricket’s demigod Sachin Tendulakr it is a very big deal. 

BAS have always crafted superb bats. Hashim Amla briefly used Kookaburra but the bulk of his career has been spent with BAS. Angelo Matthews and Darren Sammy use BAS and there was a time during his career that Sachin himself used a BAS.

BAS Pro players will most probably be using the BOW 20/20 BAS cricket bat. When you think of Sachin and Hashim Amla have very delicate wrists that they use to maneuver the ball into gaps in the field. This is definitely accentuated by the BAS Bow 20/20 cricket bat. The bat has a superb weight distribution and balance. This makes it easier for batsmen to flip their wrists and get the ball to go in the desired direction.

Grade A English Willow is what you can expect from the BAS BOW 20/20 cricket bat. It has lovely straight grains and many of them. 

The handle is made from high quality cane and is 9 piece. Of many of the bats used, players report the least vibration back to the hands from the BAS BOW 20/20 cricket bats. While this make of BAS cricket bat has a mid sweet spot, BAS in the past have been known to make a bat with a slightly lower sweet spot. This is obviously to cater to many of the sub-continent cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar himself that have a low sweet spot.

What BAS have done well is that they have kept their range of cricket bats on a very high scale. Very strict quality control on their cricket bats, specifically with their professional level cricket bats, ensure that the bats are always of the highest quality.

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The 2015 Gray nicolls F18 cricket bat

The 2015 Gray nicolls F18 cricket bat

Gray nicolls F18 cricket bat is billed by Gray Nicolls as the shot makers bat and everything about it suggests that it is just that. The Gray Nicolls F18 cricket bat is unique in that it is traditional and classical but has a whimsical allure of modern beauty and grandeur, it is a true bat makers masterpiece.
Gray nicolls F18 cricket bat

Gray nicolls F18 cricket batGray Nicolls F18 profile cricket bat

If there was a cricket bat that could be called the all-rounder of cricket bats, it would be the Gray nicolls F18 cricket bat. It is the batting weapon of choice for Australia’s highly successful ODI batsman, George Bailey and for good reason.
The handle of the bat is semi-oval, this provides batsmen with optimum comfort and control in their shots. The bat is great for back foot or front foot play. The sweet spot is in the exact mid blade zone in the bat, this is ideal for players who love to come onto the front foot and belt the ball to all areas of the ground. Back foot players do not lose out either though with the Gray nicolls F18 cricket bat because the bat has a full hitting zone profile, this provides enormous masses of power to the batsman when he rocks onto the back foot for forceful back foot play.
As is standard with all new Gray nicolls F18 cricket bat, the bat comes with the New Zone Pro grips which improves the feel and touch through the shot.
The aesthetics of the Gray nicolls F18 cricket bat is a bat lovers dream. A more full profile is genuinely hard to find, as the profile begins to swell forming a beautiful mound that only ends a mere inches from the toe of the bat. Gray Nicolls have gone with their classic red and black on all the stickers for the new F18.
If you are looking for a bat that will set you apart, the Gray nicolls F18 cricket bat is definitely for you, the only downside is that if you treat it with care, you may not have to buy another bat for a while.
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Gray Nicolls Maverick 2014 Cricket Bat

Gray Nicolls Maverick 2014 Cricket Bat 

If you’re looking for a great quality affordable cricket bat, take a look at the Gray Nicolls Maverick 2014 Cricket Bat. This Gray Nicolls bat is a great entry-level style bat. It’s perfect if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, but still want a bat that hits hard.

Gray Nicolls Maverick 2013 Cricket Bat

Gray Nicolls Maverick 2013 Cricket Bat

Check out Cricket Store Online for more from Gray Nicolls and these other great brands: Gunn and Moore, Adidas Cricket, and Kookaburra.

The Gray Nicolls Maverick 2014 Cricket Bat has a very thick profile. It’s got big edges at about 40 mm, and a high spine at about 62 mm. In order to keep the edges nice and thick and exaggerate their size, Gray Nicolls has kept the face of the Maverick bat completely flat.

Like I said, Gray Nicolls has made its 2014 Maverick cricket bat a very thick bat, and the weight reflects that. These cricket bats are available in weights Medium, Heavy, and Extreme, which ranges from about 2:9 to 3:0 and higher. The pickup on the Gray Nicolls Maverick 2013 bat is nice, and feels its weight.

The Gray Nicolls Maverick 2014 Cricket Bat has a twelve-piece semi-oval cane handle with a half moon grip. This is a quality Gray Nicolls handle and gives the bat a very comfortable feel. The Maverick bat also comes with a toe guard

The sweet spot on the Gray Nicolls 2014 Maverick bat is mid-blade. However, it does ping nicely higher up on the bat as well, so the Maverick bat is good for hooking and pulling as well as driving. With a fair amount of concaving and an even bow, the Gray Nicolls Maverick cricket bat is thick yet comfortable.

You can pick up your Gray Nicolls Maverick 2014 Cricket Bat along with bats from Gunn and Moore, Adidas Cricket, and Kookaburra at Cricket Store Online.

GM Max • E 707 cricket bat sneak peek

GM Max • E 707 cricket bat sneak peek

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GM Max • E 707 cricket bat sneak peek

Just a real quick look at this 2lbs 08oz GM Max – E cricket bat for the 2013 cricket season. the full review coming in a day or two on youtube..

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