How Important Is a Cricket Kit When Playing Cricket
‘The heavy cricket kit bag…dusted and out of use in present…Taught him to carry the heavy load called LIFE.’ Aritra Mitra
Cricket is a game played by over 120 million people worldwide that makes it the world’s second-largest game. Two teams play cricket with a bat and a ball on a 22-yard rectangular pitch in the field center. Each team contains 11 players. The team that scores more runs declares the victory.
Main Components of a Cricket Kit
While playing cricket, players must equip themselves with a cricket kit containing specific cricket accessories. The players carry the cricket kit for playing a match to their favorite ground for training.
It should include a cricket bat, several balls, batting helmet, leg guards, batting gloves, wicket keeping gloves, arm guard, thigh guard, chest protector, abdominal protector/ box, and several other pieces of equipment.
Without the correct safety cricket kit, cricket can be a dangerous sport. The players must follow health and safety guidelines to play a safe game. Whether you’re a professional cricketer or a beginner, there is some safety equipment a batsman should always consider essential.
Furthermore, players must consider an arm guard and a chest guard to maximize their protection. For wicket-keepers, a helmet, wicket-keeper gloves, inner gloves, abdominal guard are essential.
You’re going to need a cricket bag to store all of your cricket kits.
Players use various kinds of tennis balls (mostly for beginners), taped tennis balls, MRI balls, etc. to play cricket.
Apart from the tennis ball, the cork balls are hard and can cause severe injuries. A helmet plays a critical backbone role to prevent the batsman and the wicket-keeper from head injuries.
One of the most use of batsman gloves is to have a perfect firm grip over the cricket bat. These gloves contain a palm strap, sweat cuffs, finger cuts, and finger padding.
A batsman uses the legs guard to deflect the ball away from the wickets. Legs pads also protect the knee and the lower thigh against the cricket ball.
Abdominal Protector/ Box:
A batsman wears an abdominal protector while batting to protect the lower abdomen from bruises and red marks. It is highly recommended to use an abdominal protector while batting and wicket keeping. It plays a vital role in the player’s protection.
Batsman Arm Guard:
An arm guard is an additional protection layer for the batsman while facing the bowler. It protects the forearm and helps the player to play a better cover drive. It protects the batsman’s elbow while batting.
Batsman Chest Guard:
A batsman feels more comfortable, and it gives him peace of mind while facing a fast bowler if he is wearing a chest guard. It protects the chest against injuries.
Wicket-keeper gloves provide a better grip to him to get a hold of the ball. The manufacturer has made its inner surface from the rubber. It also protects the fingers and the palm of the hands.
Continuously wearing the gloves eventually ends up with sweating of hands. That’s when the inner gloves step in. Inner gloves create a barrier between the hands and the gloves, absorbing the additional moisture on hands and giving extraordinary confidence to the player on their performance.
Cricket is a great sport that can be played by people of all genders and ages for competition or fun. It is a good sport for developing hand-eye coordination, overall fitness, and stamina.
However, it uses a hardball, so protective gear should be worn to avoid injury, and the importance of a proper cricket kit can never be underestimated.