The 2015 Cricket World Cup will feature an all-star line-up – and that’s just the cricket bats. While the global tournament will enable us to watch the cricketing elite in action, it will also afford us the opportunity to see what cricket bats the international stars will be endorsing this year. Have you chosen your cricket bat for 2015? Here’s five cricket bats that should get a lot of time in the middle over the next few months – and profiles that will send a shiver down the spine of international bowlers worldwide.
Chris Gayle: Spartan CG Authority Cricket Bat
There is no flicking through the TV channels when Chris Gayle is at the crease. His sheer brute force and ultra-attacking disposition is simply captivating, and quite frightening if you’re the bowler tasked to tame him. It seems to rain sixes for the hard-hitting opening batsman, who looks to his Spartan CG Authority Cricket Bat for supreme power in the limited overs format. This beastly blade has a full spine that ensures maximum edge thickness and side profiling for destructive precision. Bring on the Gayle force.
Ian Bell: Kookaburra Kahuna Cricket Bat
Ian Bell has been tasked by the England management team to replace Alastair Cook at the top of the order in one-day cricket, opening up alongside the highly impressive Moeen Ali. This partnership will give viewers the chance to see two Kookaburra Kahuna Cricket Bats in action. Ian Bell will be using the Kookaburra Iconic Kahuna Cricket Bat, which carries green and white stickers, while Ali will endorse the more familiar look of green and black stickers with his Kookaburra Classic Kahuna Cricket Bat.
Both cricket bats have the same profile, but Ian Bell’s Iconic range has a larger pool of models and willow qualities available. After Ian Bell’s one-day England record of 187 against a Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra (although it was not given List A status), Belly will be looking to secure his ODI place for the foreseeable future and form what could be considered the most stylish opening partnership in the tournament.
Rohit Sharma: Adidas Libro Cricket Bat
On 13 November 2014, Rohit Sharma became the first man to score two ODI double hundreds. His amazing 264 is now the highest individual score in ODI cricket, smashing the previous record of 219 held by fellow Indian opener Virender Sehwag. His weapon of mass destruction was the Adidas Libro Cricket Bat, which is also used by England’s Stuart Broad. Rohit’s incredible knock was also the second highest score in any List A match ever, worldwide, losing out only to Ali Brown who scored 268 for Surrey against Glamorgan at The Oval in 2002. Rohit’s innings included an astounding 33 fours and nine sixes – that’s a total of 186 runs in boundaries. More of the same please, Rohit.
David Warner: Gray-Nicolls Kaboom Cricket Bat
David Warner is one of the most explosive opening batsmen in all forms of the game and will go down in cricketing folklore, having made his international Twenty20 debut before he had even made a first class appearance for his state. He has since proven he is far from a T20 specialist, and he’ll be looking to give Australia lightning-quick starts on familiar soil. This lad’s not fazed by anything. Warner will look to his Gray-Nicolls Kaboom Cricket Bat, with a dangerously large profile and massive edges that will produce an abundance of power to clear any boundary on any ground. It is made to David Warner’s own specification with maximum profile created by subtle concaving.
Jos Buttler: Kookaburra Verve Cricket Bat
England’s new kid on the block, who appears to be the long-term successor to Matthew Prior in all forms of the game, is a joy to watch. Cheeky scoops, sweeps and paddle shots are complemented by hard-hitting drives, and England are fast becoming reliant on his mid-to-late order cameos. Jos Buttler endorses the new Kookaburra Verve Cricket Bat, which, like the player, is an all-round model suited to all forms of the game, and is certainly not lacking in style.