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Equipment of Cricket

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Equipments and Safety Gear

As you know, Cricket is a game of bat and ball; the players are subjected to wear protective gear from not getting hurt. In this post, you will read all important gear and equipment that the players use while playing the game. Here is the details :

Bat − Bat is a nicely carved equipment made out of special wood, with a handle on top to hold and play. These vary in weight and size with age and requirement of the batsman. Ideally, the bat should come up to the top of your thigh in height. The bat will have a flat bottom and a round handle. The main body of the bat should not be more than 4.25 inches wide.

Ball − It is spherical object made out of cork and covered with leather. Two pieces of leather are stitched around the cork ball. The color of the ball for test matches is red and white for ODI and T20 matches. Cricket can't be played without a ball. The ball is made from cork on the inside and red leather on the outside. The leather is stitched together, and this forms the "seam." One side of the seam will be shiny, and the other will be rough.

Keeper Glove Keeping gloves are worn by the wicket keeper to protect his hands when catching the ball. Often additional protection is worn beneath the gloves. Cloth and leather are stitched together in the shape of fingers and palm to fit exactly. The gloves must permit the wicketkeeper to be able to throw the ball as well so they cannot be too stiff. They are also not allowed to be big like baseball gloves.

Batsman Glove − This gear is similar in shape but smaller and softer on the outer part when compared to keeper glove. Keeping gloves are worn by the wicket keeper to protect his hands when catching the ball. Often additional protection is worn beneath the gloves, such as cotton inners. The gloves must permit the wicketkeeper to be able to throw the ball as well so they cannot be too stiff. They are also not allowed to be big like baseball gloves. It is used to hold the bat firmly. The finger part of glove has extra protection with hard sponge on the outer area.

Keeper/Batsman PadsThese are worn to protect the lower limbs of the batsman/keeper. They are made with cloth and leather. The front portion of the pads is very hard as there is hard plastic or wood sticks beneath. The rear portion is spongy and soft to soothe and comfort legs. Keeper pads are little shorter than batsman pads.

 

Helmet - The batsman usually wears a helmet to protect from badly thrown balls. Sometimes a face guard is also worn in addition to the helmet. The helmet is secured with a chin strap. It is considered a foul if the helmet comes off and hits the wicket. It is a mix of metal and hard plastic. It has a metallic grill in the front to protect the face.

StumpsThese are cylindrical and long in shape with shard end like spear. This end goes into the ground so that stumps stand erect in the ground.

BailsBails are the smallest equipment placed on stumps. It helps in giving easy decisions by umpires to dismiss the batsman when the wicket is broken.

Wickets - Wickets are formed by three posts, or "stumps," that have two bails joining them together. They must be exactly 28 inches tall and 9 inches wide.

Clothing - Cricket clothing is almost all white and usually consists of a long-sleeve shirt and pants. Protective gear such as thigh pads can be worn underneath. The type of shoes worn will depend on what surface you play cricket on and what type of player you are. If the ground is soft, spiked shoes are a better option, while for hard ground, pimpled soles are better. Batters will opt for shoes with more grips on the front, and bowlers would want to wear shoes with an equal amount of grip all over

Please wear all these safety gears every time when you are playing this sport. This protects you from all the injuries.

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