Equipment - The 'essentials' - I
- By Polly Umrigar
Instinctively, a young boy is inclined to dislike
batting gloves. They feel clumsy and prevent his
skin from making contact with the bat handle as he
would desire. But the young boy should get over
this feeling quickly, as no batsman can afford the
risk of batting without gloves. Moreover, they help
increase one's confidence by leaps and bounds.
There are various types of gloves.
1. Gauntlet type gloves with cotton palm and tubular
back. In these gloves, the hand fits right into the
glove and there is no direct contact between the
skin of the palm and the bat. They are most widely
2. Open palm gloves with kid finger stalls and tubular
back. Some cricketers wear open gloves with a thin
pair of ordinary white cotton gloves underneath,
which can be changed when wet, thereby saving the
main pair of gloves from getting wet.
A batsman should ensure that:
1. The palm of the glove is not worn out, in which case
the bat will slip from the hand. .
2. To change the gloves while batting if they have
become wet with perspiration.
Mark Waugh, former
Australian Test cricketer,
at a practice session
No batsman should take the risk of playing without
an abdominal guard. They give confidence as well as
protection. They are made of aluminium or plastic
and will withstand a very hard blow without damage.
There are two types of abdominal guards:
1: Guard attached to a strap round the waist.
2: Jock strap with a pouch into which the guard fits. The advantages of
the second type is that it can be slipped in at the
last moment before going in to bat or taken out in
a second at intervals and it cannot get out of
Nowadays, it is common for a batsman to wear a
thigh pad. It consists of an oblong piece of sponge
rubber fitted into a cloth bag, and is worn to
protect the outer portion of the front leg between
the top of the pad and hip. The pad is not very
thick (say about half an inch). It is light and
held in place by thin tapes tied round the waist at
the top and round the leg at the bottom.
Without a thigh pad there is a tendency to get the
body right inside the line of flight and run the
risk of being caught behind from a very fine
glance. With the thigh pad on, the batsman may be
willing to stay more on the line of ball and take
the ball if necessary, on his thigh with
confidence, particularly when the fielders are
placed very close on the leg side.
Wicket Keeping Gloves inner and outer The inner
gloves should be put on slightly damp .and the
outer gloves should then fit snugly over the top.
Normally they are stiff and require to be worked in
by a fair amount of practice so that they become
pliable and form a cup into which the ball snugly
fits. Gloves need to be faced. The rubber surface
tends to become shjny and slippery so a preparation
is often used to make it slightly tacky. This mixed
preparation is available in sports shops.