Bats are an integral part of cricket ever since their invention.
Much like how the gentleman’s game has witnessed numerous changes over the years. From six-day Test matches to five, from 60 overs one-day matches to 50 overs, and now T20s, in the same way, cricket bats have transformed drastically to meet the current requirements of fast-paced cricket. Even as the rules became more batting friendly, sizes of bat’s edges was a point of debate in the ICC meeting held after World Cup 2015.
Over the years, the number of bat manufacturing companies has increased immensely. With the amount of cricket being played today all over, almost every brand is well known. Moreover, the advent of T20 cricket has increased the importance of bats, with a range of sizes and weights to play more unorthodox shots. Even the mongoose bat, a smaller version of the standard-sized cricket bat, was introduced during the third edition of IPL.
Let us see a few of the leading bat manufacturers around the globe
#1 Sareen Sports Industries (SS)
Sareen Sports Industries was started in 1969 by N.K. Sareen, but entered the Indian cricket market in 1976 with the launch of their SS Sunridges bat. The company exports their bats to UK, Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
English willow includes different types of products like the SS Gladiators, SS Ton Matrix, SS Professional and many more. There are also some special editions under the English willow named Yuvi 20/20, SIR-RICHARDS.
SS Gusty, SS Extreme, SS R-7 are some of the bats with Kashmir Willow.
SS bats have an excellent power to hit big shots and can maintain balance as well. These are handmade bats which provide good absorption capability and have thick edges. These edges are designed rounded especially for aggressive and hard hitting batsmen.
The handle is made of 12 pieces of Sarawak cane which, in a way, helps to handle powerful shots and shock absorption. A noteworthy feature of this bat is its special scale grip for better control and comfort which makes it the first choice of many players.
Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lankan legend, used these bats almost throughout his career. Sangakkara served Sri Lanka cricket for over 15 years and has witnessed memorable wins which includes a victory over India in the ICC World T20 final in 2014.Furthermore, he became the first player in the world to score 4 consecutive centuries in the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015.
A lot of international cricketers like Yuvraj Singh, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shikhar Dhawan etc. use different types of bats manufactured by SS. Sareen Sports Industries is indeed one of the top brands today in the market.