The game of cricket has evolved and has come in a long way. The introduction of T20 cricket changed the dynamics of the game once and for all. Explosive batting, bowlers, taken to the cleaners, the latter developing variations like knuckleball to tackle the onslaught, etc. testify to the change. With the change in the dynamics of the sport, the equipment associated has also evolved.
The manufacturers are developing cricket a bat in such a way that it satisfies the demands modern cricket asks for. Fast-paced cricket requires better types of equipment, and the manufacturers are living up to the expectations. The manufacturing companies of cricket bats have also increased manifold. They experiment with bats in terms of their sizes, and weights to meet the demands of different players. Let us look at the top bat manufacturing companies/ brands in the world.
Sareen Sports Industries (SS)
Established in 1969 by N. K Sareen, the brand made its debut in India in 1976 with the introduction of the SS Sunridges bat. England, Australia, South Africa, etc. are some of its important customers. Bats made out of the English willow include SS Professional, SS Viper, Sir- Richards, SS Orange, SS Wave, Dynasty, and many others. Handmade, they have the power to absorb the impact of the ball for a longer period. Explosive batting becomes easier with its round and thick edges. Its grip is comfortable, which attracts everyone, in particular the beginners. VVS Laxman’s 281 in 2001 against Australia, one of the best innings in Test cricket, came from an SS bat. Current players who endorse SS bats include Shikhar Dhawan, Mushfiqur Rahim, etc.
Gunn & Moore (GM)
Established in 1885 in England by William Gunn, a Test cricketer, and Thomas Moore, a businessman. Most of the English players can avail of this bat. The brand has all its manufacturing centers in England; they are all locally made. Players like Quinton De Kock, Shane Watson, Ben Stokes, etc. are using this bat.
Primarily known for making cricket balls, this Australia based company also manufactures quality bats. Founded by AG Thompson, the brand derives its name from the founder’s pet’s name.
Founded in 1890, some of its popular varieties include Kahuna, Blaze, Ghost, Surge, Zinc and, many more. The most popular among these has to be Kahuna, used by Mr.360, AB De Villiers.
Another Aussie brand, Spartan, differs from other brands. It manufactures bats in partnership with cricketers, for instance, with the likes of MS Dhoni (MSD7 Limited Edition), Chris Gayle (Full-Size bat), Eoin Morgan, and others. These bats are slightly heavy and, thus, players like Dhoni, Andre Russell, etc. prefer them.