England Tour of India 2021 – Highlights of Past Matches and Schedule of Upcoming Matches

One of the most exciting cricket events of 2021 is happening right now – The England Tour of India 2021! England and India – two of the most powerful teams in the world of cricket have been competing against each other in test matches since February. The test series is over and they are now getting ready for T20I and ODI series. 

First, let us recapitulate the results of the test series.

1st Test – The first test match was played between the two teams in early February at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. It started on 5th February 2021 and ended on 9th February 2021. England scored 578 & 178 and India scored 337 & 192. England won the match by 227 runs and Joe Root was the Player of the Match.

2nd Test – The second test match was played between the two teams in February at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. It started on 13th February 2021 and ended on 17th February 2021. England scored 134 & 164 and India scored 329 & 286. India won the match by 317 runs and Ravichandran Ashwin was the Player of the Match.

3rd Test – The third test match was played between the two teams in February at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. It started on 24th February 2021 and ended on 28th February 2021. England scored 112 & 81 and India scored 145 & 49/0. India won the match by 10 wickets and Ravichandran Ashwin was the Player of the Match.

4th Test – The fourth test match was played between the two teams in early March at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. It started on 4th March 2021 and ended on 8th March 2021. England scored 205 & 135 and India scored 365. India won the match by an innings and 25 runs. Rishabh Pant was the Player of the Match.

From March 12, the T20I series is beginning. The first, second, third, fourth and fifth T20I matches will be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on 12th March, 14th March, 16th March, 18th March and 20th March respectively. 

The ODI matches will take place at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune after the T20I series finishes. The ODI matches will take place on 23rd March, 26th March and 28th March. 

Which match did you find the most exciting so far? Let us know in the comments below!

Gearing up for the cricket season of 2021? VKS is your go-to place for all your cricket equipment, be it bats, balls, bags, shoes, clothing, accessories or protective gear. VKS offers premium quality cricket gear from top brands in the world of cricket such as Gray Nicolls, Gunn & Moore, Kookaburra, Adidas, SS Ton and more at affordable prices. We also have cricket helmets, shirts, cricket trousers, cricket shoes, sweaters, baselayers, socks, caps and hats, safety equipment and teamwear in a variety of designs and sizes. Shop with us in-store or order online at www.vks.com and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase. 

Do You Know Which English Players Were Sold in the IPL 2021 Auction?

In February, a total of 16 English players had participated in the IPL 2021 Auction in Chennai and only a few of them were sold. These sold players will now be playing in the 2021 Indian Premier League, which is scheduled to begin on the 9th of April 2021 and end on the 30th of May 2021. The matches will be held across six different venues in India, marking the fourteenth season of the IPL. 

Here’s what you need to know about the sold English players who will be playing in 2021 IPL –

  1. Moeen Ali – Moeen Ali is an English international cricketer of Pakistani descent who got sold for £692,000. He will be playing for Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming IPL. He is a left-handed batting allrounder and right-arm off spinner who has represented England in all formats of cricket, including the 2019 Cricket World Cup. He was honoured with the Warwickshire’s NBC Denis Compton Award in both 2004 and 2005 and Worcestershire’s NBC Denis Compton Award in 2009. 
  2. Tom Curran – Tom Curran is an English right-arm fast-medium bowler and right-handed batsman. He was auctioned for £518,000 and he will be playing for Delhi Capitals. He has represented England in Test Matches, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals, and in domestic cricket, he plays for the Surrey County Cricket Club. Though Curran was selected for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, he could not play any matches during the tournament. 
  3. Sam Billings – Sam Billings, who will be playing for Delhi Capitals, got auctioned for c. £197,000. He is a right-handed batsman who fields as a wicketkeeper. He comes with experience playing in the Pakistan Super League, Indian Premier League and the Big Bash League in Australia. He currently plays domestic cricket for the Kent County Cricket Club. 
  4. Dawid Malan – Dawid Malan, who got auctioned for £148,000, will be playing for Punjab Kings in the upcoming IPL tournament. He is a left-handed batsman and bowls legbreak. He currently ranks first in the ICC T20I batsman rankings, with a whopping 915 points – the highest ever rating. He plays domestic cricket for England and Yorkshire County Club. 
  5. Liam Livingstone – Liam Livingstone got auctioned for £74,000 and he will be playing for Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming IPL tournament. He is a right-handed opening batsman and an occasional spin bowler. He can also bowl right-arm leg and off spin. He has been playing in T20I tournaments since 2015. 

Unfortunately, Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Ben Duckett, Nayan Doshi, Lewis Gregory, Reece Topley, George Garton, Ravi Bopara and Liam Plunkett are players that went unsold in the auction. 

Excited about the cricket season of 2021? If you are a cricket player and looking to upgrade your cricket kit this season then VKS is your go-to place for all your cricket equipment, be it bats, balls, bags, shoes, clothing, accessories or protective gear. VKS offers premium quality cricket gear from top brands in the world of cricket such as Gray Nicolls, Gunn & Moore, Kookaburra, Adidas, SS Ton and more at affordable prices. We also have cricket helmets, shirts, cricket trousers, cricket shoes, sweaters, baselayers, socks, caps and hats, safety equipment and teamwear in a variety of designs and sizes. Shop with us in-store or order online at www.vks.com and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase. 

Have You Checked Out These Top-of-the-Class Gunn & Moore Cricket Bats at VKS?

GM Cricket Bats

In the world of cricket, the brand Gunn & Moore is synonymous with quality, class, reliance and durability. The brand’s merchandise is used by the top international cricket players. The brand’s bats have helped many batsmen in making and breaking cricket records.

This blog will give you a glimpse of the finest bats from Gunn & Moore that are available right now at VKS’ online website and brick-and-mortar store –

  1. GM Diamond Players Edition Cricket Bat – The bat, made from carefully selected Grade 1 English willow is worth all the hype. It stands out among top bats as it has been developed under Ben Stokes’ guidance and has his signature laser engraved on it. It has an L540 blade which offers a dynamic sweet spot for more accurate and powerful shots. The optimized F4.5 face dynamics of the bat aid in giving more balance, consistency and control to the batsman.
  2. GM Chroma Limited Edition Cricket Bat – This bat has been made using top quality English willow and has the traditional L555 blade. The optimized F4.5 face dynamics give the batsmen greater control over shots as well as consistent power all across the blade. It has a mid to low swell position which enables a balanced powerplay. The sweeping spine profile contributes to a smooth pickup. This bat is available only in limited supply.
  3. GM Zelos II Limited Edition Cricket Bat – Another excellent bat from GM, this one too boasts of top quality Grade 1 English willow. The optimized F4.5 face dynamics of the bat give greater control as well as consistent power all across the blade. The bat has a traditional L555 length blade and an ultra curve face profile that goes along the entire length of the bat from head to toe. The bat’s light weight enables a smooth pickup. 
  4. GM Icon Limited Edition Cricket Bat – This visually stunning bat is made from carefully selected pieces of Grade 1 English willow.The full shape design of the bat and its mid swell position gives the bat extreme power. The mid to high swell position of the bat is suited to stroke play all around the wicket. The bat has a traditional L555 length blade and optimized F4.5 face dynamics for shots that are balanced and effective. 
  5. GM Siren Original Cricket Bat – The bat not just has bold colours and graphics, but all the features that a top batsman needs on the pitch for powerful yet accurate shots. The bat, made from premium Grade 1 English willow had a L540 length blade, but a longer handle compensates for the shortness of the blade. The optimized F4.5 face dynamics endow the bat with consistent power all across the blade. The concave profile gives balance to the bat and aids in a smooth pickup even with the large swell depth. 
  6. GM Diamond Limited Edition Cricket Bat – This bat is special because of several reasons, and one of them is Ben Stokes. He has helped in designing the entire GM Diamond series, and it has all the features that a batsman needs for delivering a smashing performance on the pitch. This bat has a dynamic sweet spot and a larger swell area which gives both balance and power. This bat is limited in supply. 

Want to get your hands on one of these great cricket bats ? VKS has the latest cricket bats not only from Gunn & Moore from all the top brands in the world of cricket, and shopping with us is super easy as we have both a brick-and-mortar store and an online shop. In the shop, our trained and experienced sales staff are there to help you choose the right bat, and on our website, we provide sufficient details about products for you to make well-informed decisions. We also follow all safety protocols, so shopping with us is a safe experience. Shop online or at our cricket store in London for all your cricket needs! 

Have You Checked Out the Top Store for Cricket Equipment in London?

Without a doubt, skills are the most important factor that make a good cricketer. However, the role of good cricket equipment in one’s performance cannot be ignored. A bat which suits the playing style of the batsman can help them make more powerful and accurate shots. Good cricket spike shoes can help a bowler have more control over the movements. A good cricket bag can ensure that a player’s cricket gear is in one place and safe, thus, allowing them to have more peace of mind. Thus, good cricket equipment compliments a cricketer’s performance. 

VKS is the top store for cricket equipment in London. We have genuine products from the top brands in the world of cricket that have been tested for quality and performance. So, whether you are a professional player looking for the top-of-the-range products or just getting the hang of playing the game and looking for entry-level products, VKS is your one-stop shop for any kind of cricket gear. Here is a glimpse of our product range –

  1. Cricket Bats – VKS has cricket bats from the top brands in the world of cricket including Gunn & Moore, Gray Nicolls, Infinity, Kookaburra, CA, Adidas, MRF, SF Stanford, SS Ton, SG, New Balance and Keeley. VKS has the top-of-the-range bats that are used by professional international players as well as entry level cricket bats. We also offer knocking in and bat preparation services with quick turnaround times. 
  2. Cricket Balls – VKS has cricket balls from the top brand – Dukes. It also offers excellent quality cricket balls from its home brand – VKS. If you are looking for soft training balls, then those are available at VKS too.
  3. Cricket Protection – Cricket protection equipment is crucial to the game as injuries on the pitch due to flying balls are not uncommon. Batsmen are at a risk from flying balls. Fielders need gloves to protect their fingers from impact from the balls when they catch them. VKS has all types of cricket protective gear – Batting Gloves from Gray Nicolls, Gunn & Moore, Infinity, Kookaburra, Adidas, New Balance, SS Ton and VKS, Fielding Gloves from Aero, Omtex and Gray Nicolls, 2 in 1 Strippers from Aero, Kookaburra and VKS, Abdo Guards, Arm Guards from Gunn & Moore, Gray Nicolls, Kookaburra, Aero and VKS, Batting Pads from Gunn & Moore, Kookaburra, Gray Nicolls, Infinity, SS Ton, Adidas, New Balance, Salix and VKS, Chest Guards from Aero, Gray Nicolls, Kookaburra and VKS, Cricket Helmets from Masuri, Shrey, Kookaburra, Gunn & Moore and Gray Nicolls, Jock Protective Briefs, Thigh Guards from Aero, VKS and Kookaburra, Wicket-Keeping Inners from Aero and VKS, Wicket Keeping Pads from Kookaburra, Gray Nicolls and SS Ton and Wicket Keeping Gloves from SS Ton, Kookaburra, Gray Nicolls, Infinity and Puma.
  4. Cricket Footwear – Walking, running, sprinting, chasing, jumping – cricket is a game in which one is always on their feet. Therefore, it is very important to invest in a good pair of cricket shoes that fit well and keep the foot comfortable and stable without restricting movement. VKS has specialised cricket shoes from brands like Adidas, Payntr, Asics, Gunn & Moore, Gray Nicolls, Kookaburra and New Balance that suit the requirements of bowlers, batsmen and fielders. 
  5. Cricket Bags – You can focus on the game better if you have peace of mind, and a good cricket bag can go a long way in ensuring that keeping your valuable cricket equipment in one place and safely. You choose between cricket bags from top brands like Gunn & Moore, Kookaburra, Gray Nicolls, Adidas, New Balance and Infinity. VKS has wheelie bags, duffle bags and bags that combine the best of both worlds. Each of the bags has separate compartments for different things, so all of your cricket gear is organized properly and different pieces are not knocking into each other. 
  6. Cricket Clothing – Like all other sports, professional cricket also has a uniform. This uniform not only keeps the players comfortable on the pitch but it also reinforces their identity as a team. VKS has cricket shirts from  Adidas, Infinity, Gray Nicolls, Kookaburra, Gunn & Moore and VKS, cricket trousers from Adidas, Infinity, Gray Nicolls, Kookaburra, Gunn & Moore and VKS, cricket socks from Horizon, Gunn & Moore and Kookaburra, cricket sweaters from Adidas and Gunn & Moore, cricket baselayers from Gunn & Moore and Kookaburra, cricket underwear from Omtex and cricket caps from Gray Nicolls and Gunn & Moore. VKS also has cricket club clothing from Brentham CC, Teddington Town CC, Richmond CC, Acton CC, Fulham CC and Harrow CC. 

Shopping with us is a piece of cake as we have both a brick-and-mortar store and an online shop. In the shop, our trained and experienced sales staff are there to help you choose the right bat, and on our website, we provide sufficient details about products for you to make well-informed decisions. We also follow all safety protocols, so shopping with us is a safe experience. Shop online or at our cricket store in London for all your cricket needs! 

Top Cricket Shoes to Buy Right Now

Cricket shoes are one of the most important components of a cricket players attire – they keep the players on their feet and help them in moving swiftly without injuring themselves. Thus, it is crucial to invest in a pair of good cricket shoes that are comfortable, stable, conducive to mobility and effective at wicking moisture. Here are VKS’ top picks for cricket shoes –

  1. Adidas Vector Mid Cricket Shoe – Adidas’ Vector Mid Cricket Shoe is special for a variety of reasons, but the chief among them is the revolutionary BOA tightening system which, when combined with the traditional lacing system, gives a fit like no other shoe and also keeps the foot stable. The bevelled heel of the shoe aids in a smooth transition from jumping to landing and the internal support cage and mid-cut heel height work to stabilize the foot effectively. 
  2. Payntr Bodyline 225 Bowling Spike – This shoe is often referred to as the ultimate bowling and rightly so! The shoe has been designed keeping the needs of the fast bowler in mind. The upper of the boot is made with double layered Micro Fibre PU (Polyurethane) for maximum strength and durability. The air holes on the upper aid in breathability. The 30mm Velcro strap are strategically positioned to lock down the foot and hold it in place while the bowler is running at full speed. 
  3. New Balance CK4040 Bowling Shoe – This top-of-the-range cricket is a favourite among many professional medium and fast bowlers for the balance and comfort it offers. The shoe has an 11 spike configuration design that is especially suited for bowlers. The shoe comes with a traditional lacing system and a sturdy velcro strap to lock the foot in place while moving. The high cut ankle adds to the fit and comfort level of the shoe. The Rev Lite sole system makes the shoe even more comfortable and keeps it lightweight. 
  4. Adidas 22yds Boost Cricket Shoe – This shoe not only has stunning looks but killer features as well that will only help the player on the pitch in more ways than one. The shoe has an innovative sharp spike sole that will give the player the optimum amount of traction on the pitch. The TPU outsole of the shoe makes for excellent grip and keeps the weight of the shoe low. The BOA tightening system is faster and more convenient than traditional lacing and it locks the foot firmly in place while running, sprinting and jumping.  
  5. Adidas Vector Cricket Shoe – This shoe is an all-rounder. It can be worn comfortably by both batsmen and bowlers. Among bowlers, it is suitable for medium, fast and even spin bowlers. The outsole of the boot is done in TPU which gives it incredible comfort and keeps the weight low. The EVA midsole with adiprene in the heel enhances the comfort of the shoe with additional cushioning. The bevelled heel aids in a smooth transition between the jumping and landing phases while bowling.

Want to become the proud owner of one of these great pair of cricket shoes? Then you need not go any further. VKS is your go-to place for all your cricket equipment, be it bats, balls, bags, shoes, clothing, accessories or protective gear. VKS offers premium quality cricket gear from the best-known brands in the world of cricket at affordable prices. We also have cricket helmets, shirts, cricket trousers, cricket shoes, sweaters, baselayers, socks, caps and hats, safety equipment and teamwear in a variety of designs and sizes. Shop with us in-store or order online at www.vks.com and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase. 

Best Dukes Cricket Balls to Buy Right Now!

Dukes is the top brand for cricket balls in the world of cricket. Their cricket balls are made from high quality materials and are known for exhibiting great durability in the toughest of matches. Here are the top Dukes balls you need to check out right now –

  1. Dukes Crown Prince Cricket Ball (5 1/2oz) – This cricket ball, as the name suggests, is the crown prince of cricket balls. It is used in the top level league cricket matches which last 50 overs or more. The weight of the ball is only 5 1/2oz or 156 grams. This cricket ball is fully hand-sewn and uses only premium quality English Alum tanned leather. The ball has a traditional finish which helps it retain its shine and a core made of cortex which helps it retain its shape. 
  2. Dukes Prince Cricket Ball (5 1/2oz) – This ball is known to perform well in premier league cricket. This lightweight ball, weighing only 5.5 oz or 156 grams, is made top quality English Alum tanned leather. The cortex core of the ball helps it in maintaining its shape. The ball is fully hand sewn and has a traditional greased finish which helps it in retaining its shine even after many overs. 
  3. Dukes Select Cricket Ball (5 ½ oz) – The one thing that is consistent in all Dukes balls is their light weight and durability. Dukes Select Cricket ball is no different as it weighs only 156 grams and is made of high quality leather for excellent performance in long matches. The cortex centre of the ball helps it in retaining its shape even after aggressive shots.
  4. Dukes Cadet Junior Cricket Ball – The Dukes Cadet Junior Cricket Ball is among the best balls for junior cricket matches. It has a cortex centre which helps it retain its shape even after aggressive shots. 

Want to get your hands on one of these exciting new balls? Shopping with us is super easy even in times of pandemic as on our website, we provide sufficient details about products for you to make well-informed decisions. So, shop online for all your cricket needs! 

Essentials of Cricket Clothing

Your cricket on field look has primarily two components – cricket clothing and cricket protective gear. While cricket protective gear protects players from injuries on the field, the role of cricket clothing is gives the players a sense of identity and unity as a team. The latest cricket clothing fabrics also keep players comfortable while playing by giving them flexibility and wicking sweat effectively. 

VKS has cricket clothing from all the leading brands in the world of cricket. Here’s a glimpse of our collection –

  1. Cricket Shirts – Generic cricket shirts are generally white in colour and have collars. They can be half-sleeved or full-sleeved depending on the players preference. They have a minimal design – a band of thin colored stripes around the arm holes or a small logo of the brand printed on one side of the chest. Good cricket shirts are neither tight nor loose and good at wicking moisture effectively. VKS has cricket shirts from Adidas, Infinity, Gray Nicolls, Kookaburra and Gunn & Moore. 
  2. Cricket Trousers – Cricket trousers are generally white or off white in colour. They have an elasticated waistband and are designed to offer flexibility to the player while running and moving. Good cricket trousers are also effective at wicking sweat. VKS has cricket trousers in all sizes from Adidas, Gray Nicolls, Infinity, Kookaburra, Gunn & Moore and VKS.
  3. Cricket Socks – Feet play an important part in the game of cricket as players are always standing, running, jumping and moving. Therefore, cricket socks are crucial to the cricket uniform as they keep the feet of the players comfortable. VKS has cricket socks from some of the top brands – Horizon, Gunn & Moore and Kookaburra. 
  4. Cricket Sweaters – Playing in cold weather calls for cricket sweaters to keep the players warm and comfortable. Like other pieces of clothing, cricket sweaters have to be lightweight, fit well, allow for flexibility and feel comfortable on the skin. Cricket sweaters are mostly white in colour and they may have a coloured trim. VKS has excellent quality cricket sweaters from Adidas and Gunn & Moore.
  5. Cricket Baselayers – Cricket baselayers are the items of clothing that are worn beneath the cricket shirts and trousers. Since they are in close contact with the skin, baselayers have to be of a soft material for comfort, and they should be effective at wicking moisture. VKS has baselayers from Kookaburra and Gunn & Moore.
  6. Cricket Hats & Caps – To shield the eyes against the sun, VKS has excellent quality hats and caps from reputed brands in a range of sizes and colours. 

Looking to upgrade your cricket kit for cricket season 2021? VKS is your go-to place for all your cricket equipment, be it bats, balls, bags, shoes, clothing, accessories or protective gear. VKS offers premium quality cricket gear from the best-known brands at affordable prices. We also have cricket helmets, shirts, cricket trousers, cricket shoes, sweaters, baselayers, socks, caps and hats, safety equipment and teamwear in a variety of designs and sizes. Shop with us in-store or order online at www.vks.com and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase. 

VKS – Your Go-To Place in London For All Your Cricket Gear!

It’s 2021 and we are still grappling with the Coronavirus pandemic. The good news is that we, as a community, have shown resilience against the deadly disease and come together in a way that we can all be proud of. 2021 has started off positively with news of the successful development of vaccines that are effective against Coronavirus. With baby steps, we are gradually moving towards a normal life, and hopefully, we will have a great cricket season too this year.

Since we are anticipating a full cricket season, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t treat yourself to some new cricket gear. The top cricket brands are launching some some fantastic new products for the 2021 season, so there is so much to look forward to.

At VKS, we have stocked up some top cricket bat models from leading brands including Gray Nicolls, Gunn & Moore, Kookaburra, CA, Adidas, MRF, SS Ton, Infinity, SF Stanford and New Balance with the added excitement of SG soon to be on our shelves too. Our cricket balls are from the top brand in the world of cricket – Dukes, and our in-house brand, VKS, which are amongst the very best available at a fraction of the price. Clubs all around the UK rave over the VKS balls and that’s why they come back for more season after season. 

Cricket, as you know, entails special clothing – shirts, trousers, underwear, baselayers, socks and hat or cap. We have all of these items from the top brands in all sizes. We also provide bespoke cricket teamwear as well as club clothing from Adidas, Gray-Nicolls and GM. 

In cricket protection, we have cricket helmets, batting pads, batting gloves, abdo guards, fielding protection, thigh guards, arm guards, chest guards, protective shorts, wicket keeping gloves, wicket keeping pads and wicket keeping inners from brands that are tried and tested for safety and endurance. 

Your cricketing look is incomplete without good cricket shoes, and we have cricket shoes for batsmen, bowlers and wicket keepers from the best brands including Adidas, Payntr, Gray Nicolls, Gunn & Moore, Kookaburra, Asics and New Balance. 

To keep all your cricket gear together and safe for matches and tournaments, it is important to have a good cricket bag. VKS will spoil you with choices in wheelie bags and duffle bags from reputed brands including Gunn & Moore, Gray Nicolls, Kookaburra, Adidas, New Balance and Infinity. 

That’s not all. We also offer additional products and services including cricket bar grips, cricket stumps/wickets, cricket scorebooks, cricket bat repair and protection, cricket sidearm, cricket nets & training equipment, cricket match accessories, cricket neoprene supports, cricket paceman bowling machines, cricket sets, cricket sweatbands and cricket club kits. So, no matter what your requirement is, we have it all!

We have a brick-and-mortar store on Bond Street, Ealing, London. However, owing to UK Lockdown 3.0, we are closed to visiting customers at the moment, but you can order with us online and we will deliver your goods to you safely and at the earliest possible. We are also available on the phone to help you with queries and address your issues. Happy Shopping!

Top Adidas Cricket Shoes to Buy in 2020

Adidas is among the top manufacturers of cricket shoes in the world of cricket. It keeps in mind important factors including weight, durability, comfort, flexibility and balance while designing its cricket shoes, which is why the brand’s cricket shoes are preferred by cricketers from all across the world. At VKS, we have the top models of the brand’s shoes available at our brick-and-mortar store and online website. Here are our top picks for Adidas cricket shoes –

  1. Adidas Vector Mid Cricket Shoe – The shoe has the traditional lacing system and the new BOA tightening system which keeps the foot firmly in place throughout the game. The bevelled heel ensures that the player transitions smoothly from jumping to landing.  The shoe’s internal support cage and a mid-cut heel height work to stabilize the player during bowling motion. The shoe’s EVA midsole with adiprene in the heel gives added comfort to the player. 
  2. Adidas Adipower Vector Cricket Shoe – This robust shoe, made for spin, medium and fast bowlers, has shown proven performance in all kinds of games. The TPU material of the shoe keeps its weight on the lower side. The EVA midsole with adiprene in the heel enhances the comfort of the shoe by providing additional cushioning. The band of power midfoot straps holds the foot in place even during aggressive movement. The toe area of the shoe is quite soft which adds to the comfort of the foot while moving. 
  3. Adidas 22yds Boost Cricket Shoe – This exciting new shoe has been built with Boost for incredible energy return and cushioning. The innovative ultra-sharp TPU outsole not only provides optimal grip, but also plays a part in the lightweight feel of the shoe. The new BOA tightening system holds the foot in place during movement. The cutouts in the midfoot and heel reduce the weight of the shoe and help in moisture management. 
  4. Adidas Vector Cricket Shoe – This shoe is suitable for both batsmen and bowlers. Made of TPU, it boasts of low weight. The detachable straps are easy to use and comfortable. They are also quite robust and help in holding the foot in place during quick multi-directional movements. The bevelled heel of the boot aids in smooth transition between the jumping and landing phase during the bowling motion. The upper material of the shoe is soft, light, comfortable and lightweight. 
  5. Adidas 22yds Cricket Shoe – A cricket shoe made especially for batsmen, it gives the wearer that low to the ground feel which enables them to react to anything that is thrown at them while occupying the crease. The upper has been designed to offer support and stability to the key forefoot area and aid in quick multidirectional movements. The design of the show opens in the midfoot and heel to provide efficient moisture management, breathability and lightness that is needed for spending long hours in the field comfortably. 

Is Adidas your favourite brand for cricket shoes? Then you need not go any further. VKS is your go-to place for all your cricket equipment, be it bats, balls, bags, shoes, clothing, accessories or protective gear. VKS offers premium quality cricket gear from Kookaburra and other best-known brands at affordable prices. We also have cricket helmets, shirts, cricket trousers, cricket shoes, sweaters, baselayers, socks, caps and hats, safety equipment and teamwear in a variety of designs and sizes. Shop with us in-store or order online at www.vks.com and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase. 

Best Cricket Spikes to Buy in 2020

For cricketers, the importance of the right cricket spikes cannot be overstated. In cricket, the players have to run quickly to score points, and therefore, it is important that they wear shoes that aid them in doing that. It is also important their shoes have a good grip so that they do not slip on the ground. Top cricket equipment manufacturers put a lot of thought and research into designing the perfect cricket spikes. Here are our top picks for cricket spikes in 2020 –

  1. Payntr Bodyline 225 Cricket Spike – Designed specially for fast bowlers, it is among the top cricket shoes available in the market. The bowling boot’s upper is made from double layered Microfiber PU (Polyurethane) which gives maximum strength and durability, and also has air holes for moisture management. The topline collar has been cut to mid height to provide extra support to the ankle without compromising the freedom of movement. The strategically positioned 30mm Velcro ensures that the foot is locked down and held in place while running at full speed.
  2. Payntr X-MK 3 Cricket Spike Shoes – This stunning cricket shoe offers the best of both worlds – the comfort and flexibility of a running shoe and the traction of a traditional spike cricket shoe. The shoe has a lightweight and breathable design which has made it a hit among pro players. The anti-roll insole and padded heel cup of the shoe provides stability to the player and prevents sideways movement.
  3. New Balance CK4040 Cricket Bowling Shoe – This top of the class traditional bowling shoe comes with a high cut ankle line and velcro strap for extra support and stability, features that work well in the favour of medium and fast bowlers. The 11 spike configuration design offers excellent traction on the field. The Revlite sole system offers durability and keeps the shoe lightweight. 
  4. Adidas Adipower Vector Cricket Shoe 2019 – Adidas is known for having made some of the top cricket shoes in the world of cricket, and this one is no different. The robust shoe has been designed keeping in mind durability, comfort and stability of the player. The shoe uses TPU which makes it lightweight. The EVA midsole with adiprene in the heel offers added cushioning for superior comfort. The bevelled heel of the shoe allows for a smooth transition between the jumping and landing phase during the bowling motion.
  5. Adidas Adipower Vector Cricket Shoe – This excellent shoe is made from TPU material for keeping it lightweight, and the EVA midsole with adiprene in the heel  gives added cushioning which enhances the comfort of the shoe. The band of power midfoot strap locks the foot and holds it in place despite all the movement. The bevelled heel of the shoe ensures that the transition between the jumping and landing phase during the bowling motion is smooth and safe. 

Want to get your hands on one of these great cricket spikes ? VKS has the latest cricket shoes from the top brands in the world of cricket, and shopping with us is super easy as we have both a brick-and-mortar store and an online shop. In the shop, our trained and experienced sales staff are there to help you choose the right bat, and on our website, we provide sufficient details about products for you to make well-informed decisions. We also follow all safety protocols, so shopping with us is a safe experience. Shop online or at our cricket store in London for all your cricket needs! 

Top Batting Gloves to Buy in 2020!

The game of cricket is incomplete without appropriate protection gear on all players. Batsmen in particular have elaborate protection gear because they are constantly at the risk of getting injured from forceful balls. Batting gloves are an important part of this gear because broken finger bones from the impact of powerful shots are not uncommon. Thus, it is very important to invest in a good pair of cricket gloves. Here are our top picks for batting gloves in 2020 –

  1. Infinity Reserve Pro Batting Gloves – These pittard leather palm batting gloves with multi section fingers are comfortable to wear and offer the highest level of protection. The V-Lock finger design gives the batsmen the great flexibility for efficient handling of the bat. The pittard leather palms maintain their feel game after game. The high-density inserts in the gloves absorb the impact from the most forceful shots. 
  2. VKS Players Edition Batting Gloves – This is an excellent budget glove suitable for even test matches. The pittard leather palms of the glove are not just comfortable, but they offer the highest level of durability. The multi-section fingers of the glove ensure that the batsman has great flexibility while playing. The high density inserts in the glove offer protection from impact from the fastest of deliveries. The padded inner panels of the glove add to the level of comfort.
  3. Gray Nicolls Legend Batting Gloves – Gray Nicolls is one of the top brands in the world of cricket and one cannot expect anything less than the best from their equipment. The all new Legend gloves have Pittards Gripster leather palms which offer exceptional feel, grip durability as well as moisture management. The multi-sectioned interlocking “V” design of the gloves ensure that the batsman has maximum flexibility. The dual-sided elasticated sweatband does an excellent job at absorbing moisture, thus enhancing the level of the comfort of the batsman in the game. 
  4. GM Original LE  Batting Gloves – These are among the best gloves in the world of cricket. They feature pittard leather palms which give a high level of comfort and promise durability in test matches. The multi-section design of the gloves ensure flexibility in the game. The gloves are capable of absorbing up to 90% of energy when impacted at high strain rates. The use of Microban® antimicrobial protection in the gloves prevents the growth of stain and odour-causing bacteria. 
  5. Kookaburra Kahuna Pro Batting Gloves 2020 – The all new 2020 Kahuna Pro batting gloves with Pittard Quartz leather palm offer grade 1 protection and a level of comfort due to max flow ventilation. The gloves have a neoprene wristband which give them a super soft feel. The use of Poron XRD and high density foam fingers with reinforced fibre inserts ensure maximum impact absorption while maintaining the level of comfort and flexibility at all times. 
  6. Ton Player Edition (Sanga LE) Batting Gloves – These gloves are used by top level players like Kumar Sangakkara and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. They feature the finest quality leather palms for comfort and durability. The extra HD reinforcements and fibre inserts in the fingers ensure excellent absorption of impact from aggressive deliveries. The side protection bolsters enhance the level of protection to the batsmen.
  7. Adidas XT 2.0 Batting Gloves – Budget gloves, but with excellent features. The gloves have the classic round finger construction and TPU shells in lead finger sections for maximum protection. The pittard leather on thumb tips add to the level of durability of the gloves. The high density foam padding in the gloves not only protect excellent impact absorption but also offer added comfort to the batsman. 

Want to own one of these great gloves? Whether you are a professional player or a beginner, you will find the perfect gloves to your playing style at VKS. 

We have a brick-and-mortar store and an online shop from where you can easily buy the cricket equipment of your choice. In the shop, our trained and experienced sales staff are there to help you choose the right bat, and on our website, we provide sufficient details about products for you to make well-informed decisions. We follow all safety protocols and maintain social-distancing so that you have a stress-free and safe shopping experience. So, shop online or at our cricket store in London for all your cricket needs!

Top Batting Pads of 2020

While 2020 has been an unpleasant year in more ways than one, the one thing that has not changed is our love for cricket and cricket gear. So, with the closing of the year just a couple of months away, isn’t it time to treat the cricket player to their favourite pieces of cricket equipment and hope that the next year will be better? This blog is dedicated to one of the most important components of protective cricket gear – batting legguards, which protect your legs and knees from injuries on the pitch. 

Here are our top picks for batting legguards –

  1. Gray Nicolls Legend Batting Legguards – This extraordinary legguard’s vertical shin Bolster is made up of  Vapour Foam strips, HD Foam strips and Poly-armour which give it 3 levels of armour, thereby ensuring the highest level of protection. The butterfly padded straps, buckles and leg hugging design ensure that the wearer is comfortable at all times. High Impact from fast flying balls can be dangerous for knees, therefore, the legguards have gel zone knee cups for superior knee protection. 
  2. GM Diamond Original Batting Legguards – These excellent batting legguards have been designed and used by the current vice-captain of the England cricket team, Ben Stokes. The legguards have been made using Poron XRD, and have the 7 vertical bar design in the front. The velcro straps are easy to fasten and unfasten, and add to the comfort of the pads. 
  3. Kookaburra Kahuna Concept Pro Batting Legguards – These top-quality batting legguards from Kookaburra Kahuna have been constructed using the latest 3D compression moulding and traditional pad making techniques. They have been made from high density foam with low impact rebound characteristics and reinforced cane rods. The three-piece external knee bolster with vertical bolsters of the bat provides enhanced, long-lasting shape retention. 
  4. Ton Test Opener Batting Legguards – Special Edition Embossed “S” – These batting legguards boast of high quality, and the embossed “S” adds to their style factor. The batting legguards have a lightweight design, but they do not compromise on their protection factor. The ultra wide side bolsters ensure protection from impact on the sides. The back of the pads has a mesh lining for optimum cooling and ventilation. 
  5. Adidas XT SL Pro Batting Legguard – These batting legguards are loaded with great features that promise maximum comfort, protection and flexibility to the batsman. The legguards have a 3-piece knee roll section and full front cane vertical protection. The TPU tab/velcro closure design is easy to use.The lightweight construction of the pads using both high and low density foam keeps batsmen comfortable even during long innings. 
  6. Infinity Reserve Pro Batting Legguards – These batting legguards offer the best of protection without burning a hole in your pocket. The cane reinforcements in the front of the pad along with the high density padding are great at protecting the legs from injuries from high-impact balls. The cushioned straps with wide webbed design are easy to use and comfortable. 
  7. VKS Player Edition Batting Legguards – Weighing only 856 grams, these legguards offer test grade protection to batsmen. The cane reinforcements in the front of the pads along with high density foam combine to offer the highest level of protection. The pads have extra wide side protection panels to offer the legs complete protection from balls coming from the sides. The cushioned straps, with their wide webbed design, make it very easy to put on and remove the pads. 

VKS is your go-to place for all your cricket equipment, be it bats, balls, bags, shoes, clothing, accessories or protective gear. VKS offers premium quality cricket gear from the best-known brands at affordable prices. We also have cricket helmets, shirts, cricket trousers, cricket shoes, sweaters, baselayers, socks, caps and hats, safety equipment and teamwear in a variety of designs and sizes. Shop with us in-store or order online at www.vks.com and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase

Gunn & Moore Helmets for the Best of Safety and Comfort

Gunn & Moore is a cricket brand that probably every cricket player is familiar with. It is the go-to brand for many top cricket players for cricket equipment such as bats, shoes, bags and clothing because of the unparalleled quality that the brand has maintained over years. GM’s cricket protection equipment is equally reliable and comfortable. A cricket helmet from the brand will not only protect the player against head and face injuries from a forceful ball, but it will do so while keeping the player comfortable because it is lightweight, fits well, and has an excellent moisture management system. 

The GM Purist Geo Cricket Helmet Senior is among the top cricket helmets for adult players. The navy coloured cricket helmet is available in two sizes – Senior (54 cm to 59 cm) and Senior Large (58 cm to 62 cm). The cricket helmet complies with the latest safety standards, so one can wear it to the pitch feeling assured about safety. The sturdy helmet, whose outer shell is tough and rigid and has an EPS liner, is capable of withstanding hard hits without cracking or breaking. 

It comes fitted with a Geo steel grille which has been designed in a manner that it doesn’t allow the ball to penetrate the gaps, and at the same time, it doesn’t obstruct the player’s vision either. The helmet has a dial adjuster band which enhances the fitting of the helmet and also makes it easier to remove it mid innings. The padding on the inside of the helmet adds to the snug fitting of the helmet and is great for absorbing moisture and enhancing the protection factor of the helmet. 

The GM Purist Geo Cricket Helmet is also available in junior sizes – Junior (54 cm – 59 cm) and Junior small (52 cm to 55 cm). 

Want to add the GM Purist Geo Cricket Helmet to your cricket kit? We have this helmet in this, and all other cricket equipment such as bats, balls, shoes, bags, clothing and protection gear from leading brands that you need to complete your cricket kit. 

We have a brick-and-mortar store and an online shop from where you can easily buy the cricket equipment of your choice. In the shop, our trained and experienced sales staff are there to help you choose the right bat, and on our website, we provide sufficient details about products for you to make well-informed decisions. We follow all safety protocols and maintain social-distancing so that you have a stress-free and safe shopping experience. So, shop online or at our cricket store in London for all your cricket needs!

Top Cricket Socks to Buy Right Now

Socks are often an overlooked part of the cricket uniform, but their importance is understated. They keep the feet comfortable in the cricket shoes by cushioning them and keeping them dry. They also help in adding to the fit of the shoes and preventing the feet from slipping out while playing. Thus, it is important to choose the right pair of cricket socks. Here’s a glimpse of the top cricket socks from leading cricket brands –

  1. Horizon Test Cricket Socks – It is among the best cricket socks in the world of cricket as it has been known to keep the feet super comfortable during long games. The socks are thick, soft and cushioned which helps give all-round comfort to the feet. The quality of the socks is such that even wash after wash, they look and feel like new. Due to their high wool content, the socks have an excellent moisture management system. 
  2. GM Teknik Cool Max Socks – GM is a renowned brand in the world of cricket, commended for its extensive range of cricket equipment. No matter what they make, the thought and care which goes into making each of their products perfect is visible. Their socks display the same level of quality as their other products. This model of socks is among their best as it uses high quality material which cushions the feet very well and keeps them dry during the game. The socks are long lasting and feel like new even after many washes.
  3. Horizon County Cricket Sock – Another excellent cricket sock from Horizon, this one offers great value for money. These traditional style socks offer a great cushioned feel to the feel and fit very well. The anti-blister property of the socks is especially useful in playing in hot and humid climates. The high quality material of the socks makes them very durable. These socks are available in cream and grey colours. 
  4. Kookaburra Airtech Cricket Socks (Twin Pack) – Kookaburra is an Australian cricket equipment brand which is known for its top quality products across all categories. Their stylish socks in shades of grey and with the iconic Kookaburra logo offer great value for money as they come in a twin pack. The socks are made from breathable airflow fabric for comfort and have anti-blister properties. They offer cushioning to the heel and arch area for comfort and better support. 
  5. Kookaburra Club Cricket Socks – These are comfortable modern-style cricket socks which do an excellent job at keeping the feet cushioned and helping in moisture management. They look and feel new even wash after wash.
  6. GM Premier Socks – Priced reasonably, these cotton and lycra mix socks offer cushioning and comfort to the feet. They also do a good job at moisture management. A good value-for-money buy from a reputed brand.

Want to stock up on these pairs of cricket socks? VKS is your go-to place for all your cricket equipment, be it bats, balls, bags, shoes, clothing, accessories or protective gear. VKS offers premium quality cricket gear from the best-known brands at affordable prices. We also have cricket helmets, shirts, cricket trousers, cricket shoes, sweaters, baselayers, socks, caps and hats, safety equipment and teamwear in a variety of designs and sizes. Shop with us in-store or order online at www.vks.com and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase.

Top GM Cricket Bags to Buy Right Now!

A cricket bag is as important as any other piece of cricket equipment you will be investing in. It keeps your cricket gear safe and in one place. Furthermore, it makes it easy to travel around for matches with all your cricket gear. Therefore, choose your cricket bag wisely after assessing your requirements.

Gunn & Moore, a brand popular for its cricket bats, also produces some of the finest cricket bags available in the market. Their bags are tough and durable, and are designed to hold all your cricket equipment without taking too much space. Here are some of our favourite models from their cricket bag collection –

  1. GM Original Wheelie Duffle – This one is a duffle bag, but it also has wheels! Therefore, you can choose to carry it on your shoulder or roll it on the ground. The bag has two side sections for holding batting legguards which leaves a lot of space inside the main compartment of the bag for other equipment. Made of 1680 Denier Polyester, the bag can live a long life without needing much repair. The dimensions of the bag are 96cm x 41cm x 32cm and its volume is 126 litres, which is enough for holding all your cricket equipment comfortably and even more.
  2. GM Original Easi-Load Wheelie – If you’re the kind of player who likes to carry extra equipment just in case something goes wrong, then you need a bag with a lot of storage space, and this bag has exactly that. This bag has two bat compartments and DVO system, which gives 20% extra space of the volume at the pull of a zip which makes it ideal for taking on long tours. The bag has a zipped PU lid pocket for easy access to all equipment. The all-terrain wheels make it very easy to roll the bag around even when it is full to the brim. 
  3. GM 808 Duffle Cricket Bag – This bag is smaller than the Easi-Load wheelie but it also has the DVO system which gives 10% extra storage when the zip is opened. The dimensions of the bag are 98cm back x 33cm front  x 38cm and the capacity is 114 litres when the DVO is closed, and when it is opened the bag expands to accommodate nearly 9 more litres. The padded carry handle and adjustable shoulder straps make it very comfortable to carry this bag in the hand or on the shoulder.
  4. GM 707 Duffle Bag – This is an excellent bag for junior kits and it comes at a pocket-friendly price. The bag has two gusseted bat pockets and several other pockets for organizing other equipment properly. The shoulder pad and carry handle are quite comfortable. Its dimensions are 76cm x 36cm x 31cm and its volume is 85 litres. 
  5. GM 707 Wheelie Cricket Bag – Another excellent budget-friendly bag, this one is suitable for juniors as well as seniors. The dimensions of the bag are 90cm x 32cm x 32cm and its capacity is 92 litres. The integrated all-terrain wheelie system of the bag makes it very easy to roll it around. The main material of the bag is 600 Denier Polyester, which is quite durable and long-lasting. The moulded rubber handle of the bag is quite sturdy and comfortable to carry. The rustproof designer GM zips of the bag not only make it very easy to access its various pockets, but also look stylish. 

VKS is your go-to place for all your cricket equipment, be it bats, balls, bags, shoes, clothing, accessories or protective gear. VKS offers premium quality cricket gear from the best-known brands at affordable prices. We also have cricket helmets, shirts, cricket trousers, cricket shoes, sweaters, baselayers, socks, caps and hats, safety equipment and teamwear in a variety of designs and sizes. Shop with us in-store or order online at www.vks.com and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase. 

All You Need to Know About Gray Nicolls’ Powerspot Cricket Bat

Gray Nicolls is one of the oldest and most famous cricket equipment manufacturing companies across the globe. The brand is synonymous with power, elegance, trust and quality in the world of cricket. The company is most well-known for its cricket bat collections such as the Legend, Classic, Oblivion Stealth, Powerbow Inferno and  Shockwave. Recently, the company brought back one of its older cricket bats – the Powerspot, after giving it a modern makeover. 

The iconic bat has been involved in making many memorable stories on the pitch with cricket heavyweights such as Michael Atherton, David Gower and Robin Smith. Michael Atherton, a former captain of England’s cricket team, has, in fact, used the Powerspot for most of his career. His inspiration for choosing the bat was Gower, who played a little before him. Among the most memorable matches that Atherton played with the Powerspot was the 1995 Test match, in which he was facing South African fast bowler Alan Donald. Donald was playing at his aggressive best, but Atherton was also using his Powerspot skilfully, blending force with accuracy. Atherton faced 492 balls over 693 minutes. The match was a draw with Atherton at 185, not out. 

It’s time for the Powerspot to make new stories now. The new Powerspot, made from top quality English willow, retains many of the features of its older descendant, but its features have been improved for the modern game. The bat has the classic red and white branding of Gray Nicolls in the form of a shoulder-to-toe sticker along with the bold black and white check near the shoulder. But on the swell of the bat, you will find the brilliant blue Powerspot graphics. The bat has a large middle which is excellent for making power-packed shots. 

The large mid-blade swell of the bat works in the favour of players of all styles; the expansive sweet spot helps in packing extra power in all shots. The pickup of the bat is smooth and it is surprisingly lightweight given its size. The junior bats weight between 2lb 1oz – 2lb 6oz and the senior bats weight between 2lb 7oz – 2lb 12oz. The bat is not on the expensive side and is perfect for players of all levels. 

Looking to buy this excellent bat? VKS has the Gray Nicolls Powerspot Cricket Bat and all other top bats from the brand. Whether you are a professional player or a beginner, you will find the perfect bat suited to your playing style at VKS. 

We have a brick-and-mortar store and an online shop from where you can easily buy the cricket equipment of your choice. In the shop, our trained and experienced sales staff are there to help you choose the right bat, and on our website, we provide sufficient details about products for you to make well-informed decisions. We follow all safety protocols and maintain social-distancing so that you have a stress-free and safe shopping experience. So, shop online or at our cricket store in London for all your cricket needs!