Mongoose Cricket Bats
The Mongoose Cricket Bat was designed for T20 cricket. According to the manufacturers, the blade is 33% shorter than a conventional bat; it has a 43% longer handle and provides 20% more power and 15% more bat speed. The overall weight is the same as a regular bat. The entire bat is a sweet spot, and the bat doesn’t have a splice. That means that you can hit a six with just about any part of the bat, not just the “sweet spot.”
The idea of Marcus Codrington Fernandez, former creative director at ad agency Ogilvy & Mather. Fernandez suffered a stroke and spent a couple
of months in bed, dreaming of ways to improve the cricket bat. He realized that batsmen rarely use the top part of the bat, so that’s where the
concept was born to design a bat with the entire bat a sweet spot.
MMi ranges from 49 Pounds for the Junior Series 1 to 329 Pounds for the Super Premium.
The bat was first brought to prominence by Matthew Hayden in this years IPL; he used the bat to score a match-winning 93 for the Chennai
Super Kings against the Dehli Daredevils. He started out batting with his regular bat and called for the Mongoose once he got his eye in.
He hit Rajat Bhatia for 3 fours and a massive six in the 4th over and went on to hit Tillakaratne Dilshan for 3 sixes in the 8th over.
There are various opinions regarding the Mongoose Cricket Bat. Some believe it’s useful because it provides another weapon for the batsman like Matthew Hayden calls for it once he’s got his eye in. A similar school of thought is that it’s useful on low, slow subcontinent wickets when the ball doesn’t come onto the bat, and the Mongoose offers batsman the opportunity to score boundaries off slow, low deliveries that would typically hit the toe area on conventional bats.
Others believe that the Mongoose is not suitable for the game. Batsman already have a huge advantage in limited-overs cricket, with power plays, free hits, and batsman friendly pitches offering them a distinct advantage over bowlers. How demoralizing is it for a bowler if a mistimed cut shot carries all the way to the boundary for a six with the Mongoose Bat? Then what’s left for the bowler to do?
Future of the Mongoose Cricket Bat?
It seems that the Mongoose is here to stay. It provides excitement to limited-overs cricket and brings forth a different dimension to the game. With the rise and rise of T20 cricket and the IPL, we will see more of the Mongoose.
Will we see the Mongoose Cricket Bat in Test Cricket?
Probably not. In Test cricket, the aim is not to hit boundaries off every ball. Occupying the crease and playing with a straight bat is the game’s name in Test Cricket, so it probably won’t work for Test Cricket.