5 cricketers who used super heavy bats

5 cricketers who used super heavy bats

 


Cricket is a batsman’s game. However, this wasn’t always the case. The one big factor in the transformation of cricket into a batsman-friendly sport is the bats. Compared to today’s scientifically moluded bats, the earlier pieces of equipment were as good as feather dusters. On top of that, there are players who use bats that are even heavier than most modern-day bats. Let’s take a look at some of these players:


Sachin Tendulkar: Bat Used - MRF/ Adidas Master Blaster (1.47 kg)

Let’s start with the master himself. Sachin was a deceptively strong player who used unusually heavy bats. Considering his short stature, it is surprising that he swung bats that were far heavier than those used by his bigger counterparts. Sachin’s bat was auctioned for a whopping ₹42 lakhs in October 2010.


Andre Russell: Bat Used - The Spartan Dre Russ (1.2 kg)

Known for his explosive strokes and aggressive batting style, Andre Russell has established himself as one of the most destructive batsmen of recent times. And his Spartan Dre Russ bat has a lot to do with that. Russel switched to heavier bats on the advice of Chris Gayle and hasn’t looked back since.



Chris Gayle: Bat Used: Spartan CG ‘The Boss’ (1.36 kg)

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a man of Chris Gayle’s physique would use a heavier bat than other players. His bat, called the Universe Boss, was designed to complement Gayle’s powerful bat swings. Coupled with the Jamaican’s natural arm strength, this bat could clear the biggest boundaries with ease.


Lance Klusener: Bat Used: SS Zulu (1.53 kg)

Both Lance Klusener and his monstrosity of a bat are nicknamed SS Zulu. The heaviest bat on this list, SS Zulu might also have been arguably the heaviest bat used by any player in the history of cricket. The comparatively shorter handle on its exceptionally heavy blade made SS Zulu, bat as well as the batsman, quite a headache for the bowlers.


Virender Sehwag: Bat Used: SG VS 319 (1.35 kg)

The man credited with revolutionising attacking cricket after Viv Richards, Sehwag’s bat was an absolute hammer. Consistent with his aggressive strokeplay, Sehwag made good use of his heavy bat to simply connect with the ball and send it racing across fields. Two of Sehwag’s most memorable innings, both his triple centuries, came at the other end of the VS 319.

There you have it, a list of cricket’s heavy lifters!


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