All You Need to Know About India Tour of England 2021

2021 has been an exciting year for cricket with several high-powered events. Some of these events have already and some are yet to happen. And there is one exciting event that we are in the middle of right now – the India Tour of England 2021.

Following are the players in the competing squads –

Players in the England Squad

Joe Root (Captain), Moeen Ali (Vice Captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wicket keeper), Sam Billings (wicket keeper), Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wicket keeper), Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood

Players in the India Squad

Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (Vice Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin, K.S. Bhagat (wicket keeper), Jasprit Bumrah, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Ravindra Jadeja, Prasidh Krishna, Rishabh Pant (wicket keeper), Axar Patel, Cheteshwar Pujara, K.L. Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket keeper), Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Hanuma Vihari, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav

Here is all you need to know about what has happened so far –

1st Test

The first test was held at Trent Bridge Nottingham from 4th August 2021 to 8th August 2021.

In the first inning, England scored 183 (65.4 overs) and India scored 278 (84.5 overs). In the second inning, England scored 303 (85.5 overs) and India scored 52/1 (14 overs). The match was drawn and Joe Root was declared the Player of the match.

In this match, Joe Root’s performance led him to surpassing Alastair Cook’s record of being England’s highest run-scorer in international cricket. James Anderson from the England squad took his 620th dismissal and became the third-highest wicket-taker in Tests. For Ollie Robinson of the England squad, it was his first five-wicket haul in Tests. Ravindra Jadeja made India proud by becoming the fifth Indian cricketer to score 2000 runs and take 200 wickets in Tests.

2nd Test 

The second test was held at Lord’s London from 12th August 2021 to 16th August 2021.

In the first inning, India scored 364 (126.1 overs) and England scored 391 (128 overs). In the second inning, India scored 298/8d (109.3 overs) and England scored 120 (51.5 overs). After the middle order dismissals of India’s batting lineup in their second innings, the game looked to be set in stone as an England victory until the partnership of Shami and Bumrah sparked a comeback for India. With Kohli declaring with 60 overs to go, England were all out before the end of day 5 and India won the Test by 151 runs. KL Rahul was declared the player of the match. This match led to Joe Root becoming the second batsman for England to score 9000 runs in Tests.

3rd Test

The third test was held at Headingley, Leeds from 25th August 2021 to 29th August 2021.

In the first inning, India scored 78 (40.4 overs) whereas England scored 432 (132.2 overs). In the second inning, India scored 278 (99.3 overs). The match was won by England with an inning and 76 runs. James Anderson of the English squad took his 400th wicket at home in Tests.

4th Test

The fourth test was held at The Oval, London from 2nd September 2021 to 6th September 2021.

In the first inning, India scored 191 (61.3 overs) whereas England scored 290 (84 overs). In the second inning, India scored 466 (148.2 overs) and England had a score of (92.2 overs). India won the Test by 157 runs and Rohit Sharma was declared the player of the match.

Virat Kohli’s performance led to him becoming the fastest batsman to score 23,000 runs in international cricket in terms of innings. For Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah of the India squad, the match was special as they took their 150th and 100th wickets in Tests, respectively. Rohit Sharma of the India squad gained his 15,000th run in international cricket.

5th Test

The fifth test was cancelled due to an outbreak of Coronavirus in the Indian camp. At this point the match is set to be played at a future date.

Conspiracies have been floated around as to whether it was truly due to this reason or instead because the IPL was fast approaching. Of course, you’re view may vary depending on which side you sit on but what cannot be disputed is that all Test cricket fans are looking forward to seeing if India can win this rollercoaster of a series or if England can stop them!

Best Cricket Bags to Buy for Less Than £50

Cricket bags are one of the most important investments you will make when you buy cricket equipment, as these bags will keep your cricket gear safe and in one place. There are several factors you need to consider while purchasing a cricket bag, of which some of the most important are the volume and design of the bag. You need a bag which can hold all your cricket gear. If you don’t have a large cricket kit and are going to use your gear for club matches or short tournaments, then a medium-sized cricket bag is a good choice. Here are VKS’ top picks for medium-sized cricket bags under £50 –

  1. Gray Nicolls GN500 Duffle Bag – A graceful black bag with red and white graphics and lining, it is a spacious bag with the dimensions 85cm x 36cm x 34cm. The main compartment of the bag is fairly large and capable of holding the majority of your cricket gear. The bag has a separate internal bat compartment and a shoe section. It also has several other pockets on the inside and the outside for better which makes organisation of equipment neat and convenient. The padded straps and strong handle make it easy to carry the bag anywhere.
  2. GM 707 Wheelie Cricket Bag – This bag is one of the best bags available for less than £50 at VKS. Equipped with the all-terrain wheelie system, this bag is easy to manoeuvre. The dimensions of the bag are 90cm x 32cm x 32cm and its volume is 92 litres. The zipped lid pocket opens to a main compartment with a huge amount of space. Made of 600 Denier Polyester, the bag is quite durable and capable of withstanding rough handling. The padded handle and carry make it very easy to carry the bag when it cannot be rolled for any reason. The bag’s 10mm heavy Duty ‘D’ Opening Zips will work smoothly for a long time.
  3. Adidas XT 4.0 Medium Wheelie Bag – A great medium-sized cricket bag from Adidas with dimensions 89cm x 30cm x 30cm, it is lightweight but strong. The bag’s main compartment is spacious enough to fit in all your cricket equipment easily. The bag has a separate bat pocket and a compartment for shoes. The padded strap and pull handle of the bag makes it very easy to carry the bag anywhere. The reinforced base of the bag ensures that the bag doesn’t suffer wear and tear while in use. The bag has extra external pockets for putting in valuables and accessories.
  4. Infinity IXN 300 Wheelie Bag – This bag, with the dimensions 33cm x 33cm x 85cm,  comes with cleverly designed storage space to ensure that all your cricket equipment is organized properly. The bag has a D-design zipped opening which gives easy access to the spacious main compartment of the bag. The bag comes equipped with scuff protection panels, rust-proof zips and a zipped shoe tunnel. The bag has 2 wheels for rolling around and a padded pull handle for ensuring that the bag can be carried easily when it can’t be rolled on the ground. The multiple pockets of the bag are great for storing different pieces of equipment separately.
  5. Gray Nicolls GN500 Wheelie Cricket Bag – With dimensions 85cm x 36cm x 34cm, the bag doesn’t look too large but you will be surprised at the amount of things it can hold owing to its well-designed space. The bag has a large main storage compartment and multiple pockets which serve as functional storage options for different gear. The bat has separate, specially designed storage sections for a bat, helmet and shoes. The bag is fitted with high-quality wheels and full-length runners which ensure that the bag is easily maneuverable, and stable when it is stationary in a standing position.

Looking to buy one of these excellent, budget-friendly cricket bags? Then you need not go any further. VKS not only has a large collection of cricket bags, but it is your go-to place for all your cricket equipment, be it bats, balls, 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. We follow all safety protocols and maintain social-distancing so that you have a stress-free and safe shopping experience. Shop with us in-store or order online at www.vks.com and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase. 

5 Dukes Cricket Balls You Need to Know About

Dukes is among the leading makers of balls in the world of cricket. This brand started out in 1760 and in all these centuries, it has perfected the art of ball making. Top level first class cricket, test matches and premier level league matches, all use Dukes cricket balls. Here are 5 cricket balls from Dukes that you should know about –

  1. Dukes Crown Prince Cricket Ball (5 1/2oz) – The name befits this beautiful red ball. One of the best balls in the world of cricket, it is used in top level league cricket matches with 50+ overs. The ball weighs 156 grams and is very durable. The full hand-sewn ball is made with the finest quality English Alum tanned leather. The cortex centre of the ball ensures that it retains its shape and shine throughout the match.
  2. Dukes Prince Cricket Ball (5 1/2oz) – A lighter red in colour than the Dukes crown prince cricket ball, this ball is made with high quality English Alum tanned leather. The ball is fully hand-sewn and has a traditional grease finish. The ball’s cortex centre ensures that it retains its shape even after the most aggressive of shots.
  3. Dukes Select Cricket Ball – Another excellent ball from Dukes, this ball is made from Select quality Chrome tanned leather. The ball is full hand-sewn and has a durable anti-scruff finish. It has a cork and rubber moulded centre for shape retention. The ball, red in colour, weighs 156 grams and is suitable for league cricket.
  4. Dukes Club Match Cricket Ball (Pink) – This pink ball from Dukes is among the most popular balls used in club and school cricket matches across England. The ball is made from good quality leather and has Perma anti-scruff finish which lasts a long time. The ball, weighing 156 grams, is entirely hand-sewn and has a cortex centre which ensures retention of shape even after aggressive shots. This ball is suitable for matches of 20 overs.
  5. Dukes Velocity Cricket Ball – This is another cricket ball from Dukes that is suitable for club, school and recreational matches. Red in colour and weighing 156 grams, this ball is fully hand-stitched and has anti-scruff finish. The ball is made out of club quality Chrome tanned leather and has a cortex centre which ensures that the ball retains its shape throughout the match.

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. 

 

10 Reasons Why VKS is the Best Cricket Equipment Store in London

It’s almost 50 years since VKS started as a cricket equipment provider. From starting out as a small family business in London, VKS has now become one of the top cricket and tennis equipment providers in the UK and even abroad, supplying to amateur and professional individual players, clubs and corporates. VKS has earned an excellent reputation and goodwill for its quality product and service offerings in the world of cricket, and we continue to uphold this level of commitment to quality in whatever we do. Here are 10 reasons why you should choose VKS for buying cricket equipment –

  1. All cricket equipment in one place – At VKS, we have everything that you need to build, complete or upgrade your cricket kit. We have cricket bats for senior and juniors players, all pieces of cricket protection equipment – helmets, batting pads, batting gloves, abdo guards, thigh guards and much more. Along with this we stock other items such as cricket balls, cricket shoes, cricket bags, and cricket clothing – shirts, trousers, socks, sweaters, baselayers, underwear, hats and caps. We also have accessories such as bat grips, stumps, wickets, scorebooks, sidearms, nets and training equipment, match accessories, neoprene supports, paceman bowling machines, sweatbands, club kits and more. In addition, we offer bat knocking-in, repair and maintenance services as well.
  2. Equipment from the top brands in the world of cricket – We cricket equipment from the most reputed brands in the world of cricket including but not limited to: Gray Nicolls, Gunn & Moore, Kookaburra, CA, SS Ton, Adidas, MRF, Aero, Infinity and more
  3. Constantly Updated Inventory – VKS is one of the first stores to list new products from top brands. At VKS, you can pre-book upcoming equipment such as limited edition bats and be the first ones to flaunt them.
  4. Great discounts – At VKS, you can avail great discounts across all our products. We have several sales across the year in which you can get products for as low as 60% of their original price.
  5. Online as well as offline store – We have a brick-and-mortar store – 31 Bond Street Ealing London W5 5AS which has its own parking and is a 5-min walk away from the Ealing Broadway station. At our store, you can consult with our experts face-to-face and then choose from the wide variety of equipment we have. Alternatively, you can check our online store and browse through thousands of choices in cricket equipment, and call our store for suggestions and answers to your questions. In both cases, our experts will be happy to help you with all your queries.
  6. Next-day delivery for Customers in the UK – For our customers in the UK, we offer next-day deliveries for products ordered online before 2 pm.
  7. Products pre-checked for quality – We do several factory visits for brands like Kookaburra, Gray Nicolls, SS Ton, CA and Infinity to choose top-quality products, especially premium bats personally. For other products, our team does a thorough quality check to ensure that they are free from defects and work properly. Therefore, our customers get only the best of the best products when they shop at VKS.
  8. Easy exchanges and returns – If, by any chance, a product turns out to be defective, or you have changed your mind and want to return it or exchange it for another product, you can do so easily within 7 days of ordering the product. Our return/exchange is very smooth and we ensure that you receive the new products/credit note as soon as possible.
  9. Bespoke Club Clothing – Not only do we offer a wide range of pre-made products, we also supply bespoke club clothing. So, if you are planning to start your own cricket club, we will be happy to tailor high quality, customised cricket uniforms for your entire team at reasonable prices.
  10. Compliance with Covid-19 protocols – Very importantly, we follow all the prescribed Covid-19 safety protocols. Our staff members are vaccinated and they sanitise their hands regularly as well as all of the products and surfaces. All the products that we ship out to our customers are also sanitised before packing. Therefore, you can shop at VKS with peace of mind.

We, at VKS, look forward to serving you. For any queries, write to us at mail@vks.com or call us on 020 8579 3389, 020 8567 2786

 

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup!

`2020 was not a great year for cricket as the coronavirus pandemic caused several cricket tournaments including the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. But the good news is that the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup tournament is happening this year!

Earlier, the venue for the tournament was India, but now, the venue has been shifted to the United Arab Emirates given the Covid-19 pandemic situation in India. The tournament is scheduled to start on 17 October, 2021 and the final match of the tournament is expected to be played on 14 November 2021.

The teams that have qualified for participating in the tournament are – India (qualified as Host nation), Pakistan, England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, West Indies, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh (qualified because they were ranked as the top 9 teams in the last T20 tournament), Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Ireland, Namibia, Scotland and Oman (these teams qualified for the tournament via the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier).

The T20 World Cup will have 2 rounds in which 42 matches will be played in all. In the first round, there will be twelve matches between the eight teams of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Netherlands and Oman.  The top performing 4 teams will then make it to the Super 12s. The Super 12s will start on 24th October 2021 and will consist of 30 matches that will be played between the four teams from Round 1 and the top eight T20I teams. These teams will be divided into 2 groups of 6 each that will play three knockout games, two semi-finals and a final.

The venues for the matches are – Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium and Oman Cricket Academy Ground.

In the First Round, Group A will comprise of Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands and Sri Lanka, whereas Group B will be made up of Bangladesh, Oman, Papua New Guinea and Scotland.

In the Super 12s, India, England, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies, Afghanistan and Australia have already been selected and the remaining four teams will be decided based on the performance of the teams in Round 1.

For the knockout stage, England, Australia, South Africa and West Indies have been put in Group 1, and two remaining teams are yet to be decided. In Group 2 are India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Afghanistan with the remaining two teams yet to be decided.

All in all, it is going to be a very exciting tournament and we can’t just wait for it. May the best team win!

 

 

 

Top Cricket Shoes Available for Less Than £120!

Cricket is all about movement. Players are always walking, running, jumping, sprinting, diving and moving in other ways while playing. Therefore, it is important for them to have a pair of good, sturdy shoes on their feet which is conducive to movement and balance and protects the feet. VKS has cricket shoes from all the leading brands in the world of cricket, and it has compiled a list of the top cricket shoe models that are available for less than £120 in this blog –

  1. Adidas Vector Mid Cricket Shoe 21 – These shoes, with a new design and bright colours, spell hope and positivity in 2021 while the world is still grappling with the coronavirus. Like their predecessor, they combine the traditional lacing and new revolutionary BOA tightening system which make the shoe fit snugly and keep the foot in place. The bevelled heel of the shoe is conducive to smooth transitions from jumping to landing, while an internal support cage and a mid-cut heel height work to stabilize the foot during movement. The EVA midsole with adiprene in the heel provide additional cushioning and thus, superior comfort.
  2. Adidas Vector Cricket Shoe 2021 – This shoe is suitable for batsmen and bowlers alike. The revolutionary new outsole, made of TPU material, is sturdy and keeps the weight of the shoe light. The EVA midsole with adiprene in the heel provides a very comfortable experience to the wearer. The bevelled heel of the shoe helps in making movement transitions such as running to jumping smoother. The toe area, made of soft materials, ensures that the foot is not in discomfort at any stage during bowling.
  3. Payntr V Spike Cricket Shoes – This tough shoe will last you a long time, thanks to the materials it uses. The upper of the shoe is made from seamless microfiber PU and has perforated air holes for added breathability. The insole, made from EVA, not only provides maximum shock absorption, but is also conducive to spring. The TPU sole plate has traditional spikes that offer maximum traction across the ground. The side panels of the shoe are made from soft and thick microfibre which is durable and keeps the foot comfortable.
  4. New Balance CK4040 Bowling Cricket Shoe – This one is a high quality traditional bowling shoe which can be depended upon for durability and comfort. It has a high cut ankle line and velcro strap which keeps the foot firmly in place even during aggressive movements. The RevLite sole system makes this shoe very comfortable to wear. The 11-spike configuration system of the shoe makes it perfect for medium and fast bowlers.
  5. New Balance CK10BL Cricket Shoe – Another excellent shoe from New Balance, this one is also suitable for all round players because of its minimus spike configuration, which is one of a kind in the industry. The heel to toe drop is merely 4 mm, which means that the feet of the player are very close to the ground, and this helps in balance and quicker reaction times. The RevLite midsole adds to the comfort of the shoe and the elasticated tongue design ensures that the shoe fits snugly.

Want to add one of these excellent cricket shoes to your cricket kit? 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. We follow all safety protocols and maintain social-distancing so that you have a stress-free and safe shopping experience. Shop with us in-store or order online at www.vks.com and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase. 

 

Get Top Level Cricket Protection With These Batting Pads

Legs play a very important role in the game of cricket as players are always moving – running, jogging, sprinting, jumping and walking. Therefore, the importance of keeping the legs protected on the pitch cannot be overstated. Batting pads are a crucial part of cricket protection gear, therefore all batsmen must invest in a good pair that offers a high level of protection from impact from fast flying balls and is comfortable to wear.

Here are VKS’ top picks for batting pads –

  1. Infinity Reserve Pro Batting Legguards – The design and quality of these legguards conforms to international test standards. The front of the pads have sturdy cane reinforcements with high density padding for ultimate absorption levels. The knee protection zone fits securely over the knee to protect that area from injuries. The legguards have cushioned straps with wide webbed design which makes them very comfortable to wear. The side protection panels ensure that the sides of legs are also protected from impact.
  2. Gray Nicolls Legend Batting Guards – Like all other cricket equipment from Gray Nicolls, these batting legguards can also be also trusted for their quality and durability. Made with high quality foam bolsters and reinforced cane rods, the Legend legguards are lightweight yet durable. They have 3 levels of armour which make them unbreakable – Vapour Foam strips, HD Foam strips and Poly-armour. The butterfly padded straps and buckles keep the legguards in place and make them very comfortable to wear even during long matches. The Gel Zone knee cup ensures that the knee is fully protected.
  3. Kookaburra Kahuna Concept Pro Batting Legguard – The Kookaburra Kahuna Concept Pro Batting Legguard comes with great features and the iconic Kookaburra branding. The legguards combine the latest 3D compression moulding and traditional pad-making techniques. The front of the pads have reinforced cane rods and high density foam with low impact rebound characteristics. The knee area is protected with vertical bolsters and an external 3-piece knee bolster. The penta flex contour and knee roll ensures that the flexibility of the player is not hampered.
  4. Ton Test Opener Batting Legguards – Special Edition Embossed “S” – Used by top level players internationally, these legguards promise the best of comfort and protection. Not only do these legguards have high level front protection with cane rods and high density foam, but even the sides of the pads have extra wide side bolsters for protecting the sides of the legs from impact. The pads have cushion pads fitted on velcro straps for enhanced comfort and a closer fit. The back of the pads has a mesh lining for cooling and ventilation.
  5. Adidas XT 3.0 Batting Legguard – Having a clean, minimal design with Adidas branding, this legguard will not let a player down when it comes to protection. The front of the pad has a central 3-piece cane with a mix of high and low density foam for protection from impact while keeping the weight of the pad light. The traditional 3-piece knee roll ensures that the knee area is protected adequately. The sculpted wings ensure that the sides of the legs also have maximum protection. The TPU tab/velcro closure ensures that the legguard fits well and feels comfortable.
  6. VKS Player Edition Batting Legguards – These legguards from our home brand have been created after extensive research and development. They weigh only 856 grams, which makes them one of the lightest legguards offering test grade level protection available in the market. The front of the pad is made with cane reinforcements and high density foam which can withstand high levels of impact without affecting the leg underneath. The cushioned straps with a webbed design ensure that the legguards fit snugly and stay securely in position even during long, intense matches.

Looking to upgrade your batting legguards? We have all these models and many more available online and at our store. In fact, 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. 

 

Masuri Helmets that Offer the Best Protection on the Cricket Pitch!

In the world of cricket, Masuri is well known for being one of the top brands making cricket helmets that not only offer a high level of protection, but are also lightweight and comfortable to wear. The brand, which originated in South Africa in 1991, is now based in the UK and has a distribution network across the world. Several top professionals including Mike Atherton, Graham Gooch, Robin Smith and Brian Lara have relied on Masuri helmets for protecting their faces and heads from injuries from fast flying balls on the pitch.

In this blog, we have listed some of the top cricket helmet models from Masuri –

  1. Masuri T Line Titanium Cricket Helmet – Masuri’s T Line Titanium Cricket Helmet is lauded for being a super lightweight helmet and yet providing the highest level of protection. As the name suggests, the helmet has a titanium grille which keeps its weight light. The single shell construction of the helmet makes it highly durable. The padding on the inside of the helmet, especially around the cheek and ear areas makes it highly comfortable to wear.
  2. Masuri T Line Steel Cricket Helmet – This excellent helmet has single shell construction and a stainless steel grille that is lightweight and powerful. The helmet is covered with cloth that gives it a sleek and elegant look. The helmet is very comfortable to wear as it is padded on the inside. The soft padding around the cheek and ears provides extra protection to the face of the player. The adjustable cheek strap ensures that the helmet fits the wearer well.
  3. Masuri Vision Test Series Steel Cricket Helmet – As the name suggests, this helmet is made for the long and gruelling hours of a test match. The helmet has strategically placed vents in the inner and outer shells for ensuring ventilation. The grille, made from certified steel, is lightweight, extremely tough, and engineered in a manner that it provides the highest of protection without hindering the vision of the player. The Halo Reinforcement System (HRS) is an extra strength helmet rim for protecting the wearer from balls moving at as much as 90mph.
  4. Masuri E Line Titanium Cricket Helmet – Another excellent helmet from Masuri, this one boasts of a lightweight titanium grill that can withstand great impact from fast flying balls. The helmet has single shell construction which prevents it from cracking from impact from balls. The adjustable cheek strap keeps the helmet in its place when the player is running, sprinting and jumping. The cloth covering on the helmet gives it a sleek and elegant matte look.
  5. Masuri E Line Steel Cricket Helmet – Stainless steel is one of the most reliable materials for making protective gear, and this helmet uses certified stainless steel for its grille. The grille has been made in a manner that it protects the entire face of the player without interfering with their range of visibility and thus allowing them to remain focused on the fast flying ball. The padding around the cheeks and ears of the player not only keeps the player comfortable, but also gives them enhanced protection.

Looking to purchase one of these excellent cricket helmets from Masuri? VKS has them all and a lot more! 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. 

Cricket Bat Maintenance and Repair Services Which You Can Avail at VKS

VKS not only offers cricket equipment from the top brands in the world of cricket, it also helps you maintain and repair that equipment. A bat is one of the most valuable investments of any cricketer and it demands regular care and maintenance. We, at VKS, have the necessary tools and expertise to offer top-of-the-class bat maintenance and repair services at reasonable costs. Here is the list of services we offer –

  1. Re-handle service – Broken your bat handle? Before you think of spending a bomb on buying a new bat, you can simply get your bat re-handled at a fraction of the price of a new bat. We have top quality bat handles which will be fitted by specialised experts. When we are done, you will hardly feel the difference in the handle you had and the handle you have now. The turnaround time for our bat re-handling service is three weeks.
  2. Weight Reduction Service –  Feeling that your bat is too big and heavy and doesn’t have a smooth pickup. We can expertly reduce the weight of your bat by sanding and buffing it without spoiling its balance. Your bat will feel lighter, and the only thing you might have to lose is the stickers on the back of your bat.
  3. Bat knocking-in preparation service – The bats you buy at VKS are already knocked in, but if you have bought your bat from another source, then it might need to be knocked in before you can use it. We first use a lightweight mallet for the first knocking in session and then apply Owzat oil to the bat and leave it to dry overnight. The following knocking in sessions are done with a medium weight lignum vitae mallet. After each session, the willow is allowed time to breathe and expand. The final knocking in session is done with a heavier lignum vitae mallet and after that, Owzat oil is applied to the blade, edges and back of the bat and allowed to dry. The entire process takes about 10 days in the high season and 5 days in the low season. 
  4. Toe-guard fitting – Toe guards are important for bats as they prevent the willow from absorbing moisture and getting damaged. VKS’s experts provide toe-guard fitting service for both new and old bats. 
  5. Anti-Scuff Sheet Fitting – Anti-scuff sheet fittings done by VKS experts protect the bat from damage and add to its lifespan. If the bat is old and has started to get cracks, then the sheet will hold the cracks in place and prevent them from deepening. 
  6. Bat Re-Gripping – Bat regrips can become loose and get damaged over continuous use of the bat. We provide bat-gripping service, which is a while-you-wait service. 

Additionally, you can also buy the following things at VKS for bat repairing your bat and conducting maintenance yourself

  1. Fiberglass tape 50 metre & 10 metre – This is a very strong and durable tape that protects new bats from damage and prevents old cracks in the bat from deepening.
  2. Bat mallet – Bat mallets are used for knocking in new bats and preparing them for use.
  3. Anti-scuff Sheet (Hammer Edge & Clear) – Anti-scuff sheets act as a protective layer for bats. The Hammer Edge sheet protects the face of the bat and its edges while the Clear sheet protects only the face. This sheet can be applied to both new and old bats and stays fixed for a long time once fitted. If a bat has started getting cracks, this sheet will hold the cracks in place. 
  4. Bat toe-guard kit – The bat toe-guard kit includes 2 rubber toe guard strips, sandpaper and a specially formulated adhesive. The toe guards are made from rubberized material and provide protection to the toe of the bat from getting damaged from repeated contact with the ground and prevent the willow from absorbing moisture. 
  5. Owzat Bat Oil – Owzat Oil bat is a special oil made for bats. It is a mix of linseed oil and poly material. It penetrates deep into the bat and prevents it from drying out and cracking. It offers a greater level of protection than traditional linseed oil.
  6. Linseed oil – This oil is used at the time of knocking and for bat maintenance. It gives nourishment to the willow and prevents it from dying and cracking. 

7 Cricket Bats Under £500 You Need to Check Out

Want to buy a top bat but don’t have a budget nearing or exceeding a thousand pounds? Don’t worry, VKS has curated a list of bats under £500 which are made from the top quality materials, have excellent craftsmanship and promise smashing performance on the pitch. Check them out here –

  1. CA Plus 15000 Players Edition 7 Star Cricket Bat – The star-studded name says it all. One of the top bats within £500, it has been handcrafted with carefully selected pieces of Grade 1 English willow. This bat, which is preferred by several international batsmen, has a full profile shape, thick edges and extra meat in the middle of the bat for packing extra power in the shots. 
  2. Gray Nicolls Pro Performance Cricket Bat “Custom Made” – This bat, made with a standard length blade, is an alternative version of the Gray Nicolls Classic Collection Pro Performance bat which comes with a short handle. The bat, made from Grade 1 English willow has a massive profile and mid blade sweet spot for accurate and power-packed shots. The semi-oval handle with chevron grip is comfortable to hold and gives the batsman excellent control over the bat. 
  3. Kookaburra Ghost Pro Cricket Bat – Made with Grade 1 unbleached English willow, this bat is made for the all-rounder batsman. The “ghost” like feature of this bat is the extraordinary power it gives to the batsman, enabling him to send the ball flying across the ground and bagging runs. It has a full profile design, thick edges and a large sweet spot. Though big and powerful, this bat picks up like a dream. The round powerdrive handle and wave grip design made it very easy and comfortable to hold and swing the bat.
  4. SS Ton “Laser Engraved” Reserve Edition Cricket Bat – This bat from SS Ton has a clean, minimalistic look but some very powerful features. The bat, made from the best pieces of Grade 1 English willow, is used by several famous international batsmen. The bat has a full profile shape, thick edges and a pronounced spine – features conducive to making power-packed shots. The oval handle of the bat is comfortable to hold and gives the batsman a steady grip.
  5. Infinity Modus “Reserve” Cricket Bat – One of the best bats from Infinity, it has a minimal design and some excellent features that make it perfect for batsmen who engage in all round stroke play. Made from premium Grade 1 English willow, its design is such that its sweet spot extends from the low on the blade to higher. The duckbill-style toe of the bat not only gives strength to the bat in that area, but also contributes to its smooth pickup. The 12-piece handle of the bat is sturdy and comfortable to hold. 
  6. SF Black Edition Cricket Bat – This bat, made from the very highest quality Grade 1 English willow, is limited in supply due to its sheer quality. The stunning black graphics of the bat make it stand out and underline its power. The bat’s unique design gives it an unusually large sweet spot and thick edges which helps off-centre shots. Despite its massive size, the pickup of this bat is very smooth. 
  7. MRF Genius Grand Edition Cricket Bat – This bat has been used by some of the top players of the English cricket team including Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. The bat, made from top quality English willow, has thick edges and a flat face with the duckbill toe design that contributes to its imposing profile. Despite its massive size, the bat offers a very light pickup. 

Looking for the best cricket bat under  £500? Then you need not go any further. VKS is your go-to place for not only bats from top cricket brands that are within your budget, but all your cricket equipment, be it 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. 

5 Excellent Cricket Bags You Need to Check Out Right Now

Whether you are a seasoned professional cricket player or an amateur, a good cricket bag is a staple for you for it will keep your precious cricket equipment in one place, make it easy to transport and carry your cricket gear from one place to another, and last but not the least, keep it safe from damage due to weather, force, liquids, etc. Therefore, you need to select your cricket bag carefully, checking it for space, durability, convenience and the comfort of carrying. Here are the top 5 bags that VKS recommends –

  1. Infinity IXN 800 Players Edition Wheelie Bag – This bag, large enough to accommodate both cricket gear and clothing, is well-suited for club matches as well as tours. The top of the bag has a zipped compartment made especially for holding clothes and batting pads, and keeping them separate from the rest of the gear. Below this compartment is another storage area which has sections for gloves, helmet, footwear and other gear. The bag has 3 front compartments which are of great help in organising smaller things. The bottom of the bag has a fully padded storage area for 2 bats. Made with 1680 Denier Polyester, this bag is made to last a long time.
  2. Gunn & Moore Original Wheelie Duffle – A duffle bag with wheels – it has the best of both worlds! A bag with dimensions 96cm x 41cm x 32cm and with a capacity of 126 litres, it is built to store all of your cricket gear and more. The bag has two separate internal bat pockets and a shoe tunnel, and the provision for internal customization. Made with 1680 Denier Polyester, this bag promises durability for years. 
  3. Gray Nicolls Test Wheelie Cricket Bag – Like everything else from Gray Nicolls, this bag too stands out because of its great features and high quality. The bag has a hard structured base and a stand-up design which allows the bag to be stored in compact spaces vertically without falling. The bag’s high-quality wheels and full-length runners make the bag extremely stable and maneuverable. The bag’s bat pockets can hold 3 bats and it has 8 more compartments for storing other gear. The bag’s dimensions are 96cm x 40cm x 40cm.
  4. Kookaburra Pro Players Wheelie Bag – Kookaburra is one of the top brands in the world of cricket, and this bag is a testimony of the quality it offers. The bag has a double decker design and several compartments for easier storage and organisation. The bag has separate sections for holding bats, footwear and cricket hemet. Made from heavy duty tarpaulin and a mix of denim cotton and braided fabric, it can withstand rough handling and extreme weather. The wheels of the bag are heavy duty and the reinforced pull handle makes it very easy to roll the bag.
  5. Adidas XT 1.0 Wheelie Cricket Bag – Equipped with multiple features and a great capacity, this bag from Adidas is popular among professional players who go on cricket tours. The bag has a large open main compartment which can store the majority of your cricket gear. Like all good bags, this too has separate internal compartments for cricket footwear and helmet. The hard base of the bag adds to the safety of the equipment. The padded pull handle and durable and maneuverable wheels make it very easy to roll the bag.

Want to get your hands on one of these superb cricket bags? VKS has the best bags from the top brands in the world of cricket, and shopping with us is super easy as we have 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 bag 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!

England and New Zealand Test Series Highlights

One of the most exciting events to have happened in the world of cricket this year is the England and New Zealand Test Series. Two of the world’s best cricket teams came together to play two exciting test matches in June 2021 which were held in England. 

Here is a summary of the series if you missed watching it –

The England squad comprised of Joe Root (Captain), Stuart Broad (Vice Captain), James Anderson, Dom Bess, Sam Billings, James Bracey (wicketkeeper), Rory Burns, Jack Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone and Mark Wood. Ben Foakes had also been selected for the England squad but he had to be ruled out due to his hamstring injury. 

The New Zealand squad had Kane Williamson (Captain), Tom Latham (Vice Captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wicketkeeper) and Will Young. 

1st Test

The first Test was played at Lord’s, London between 2 June and 6 June. New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. In the 1st innings, Devon Conway scored 200 runs in 347 balls, thus becoming the 12th batsman for New Zealand to score a double century on his Test debut. He scored 22 fours and 1 sixer for his team. In bowling, Ollie Robinson had a score of 4/75 in 28 overs. In England’s turn to bat in the first innings, Rory Burns scored 132 runs in 297 balls, whereas Tim Southee took 6 wickets in 25.1 overs. 

In the second innings, New Zealand’s Tom Latham scored 36 runs in 99 balls which included 3 fours, whereas Ollie Robinson took 3 wickets in 14 overs. The English squad’s Tom Sibley got 60 runs in 207 balls with 3 fours. Among bowlers, Neil Wagner had the top score of 2/27 in 16 overs.

In all, New Zealand scored 347 runs in 122.4 overs and England scored 275 runs in 101.1 overs. The match was drawn with Devon Conway being declared as the Player of the Match. 

2nd Test 

The second Test was played at Edgbaston, Birmingham between 11 June and 14 June. England won the toss and elected to bat first. In the first innings, the England squad’s Dan Lawrence scored 81 runs in 124 balls with 13 fours. In bowling, Trent Boult had a score of 4/85 in 29 overs. In New Zealand’s turn to bat, Will Young scored 82 runs in 204 balls with 11 fours. In bowling, Stuart Broad scored the highest with 4/48 in 23.1 overs. 

In the second innings, England’s Mark Wood scored 29 runs in 38 balls with 5 fours and 1 sixer. Among bowlers, Neil Wagner performed the best with a score of 3/18 in 10 overs. New Zealand’s Tom Latham scored 23 runs in 32 balls with 3 fours and among bowlers, Olly Stone got 1 wicket in 1 over. 

In all, England scored 303 runs in 101 overs whereas New Zealand scored 388 runs in 119.1 overs. New Zealand won the 2nd Test by 8 wickets, and Matt Henry of the New Zealand squad was declared the Player of the Match. 

Top Cricket Pads to Buy Online

For every batsman, amateur or professional, the need for having a pair of good batting pads in their cricket kit cannot be overstated. Cricket balls, made of leather and cortex, can hit quite hard and damage tissues and break bones. Batting pads protect the legs from such injuries from fast-flying cricket balls. If you are looking for top-of-the-class batting pads, then here is a list of VKS’ top picks – 

  1. Gray Nicolls Legend Batting Legguards – One of the best legguards available in the market, they have vertical shin bolsters made of vapour foam strips, HD Foam strips and Poly-armour giving them 3 levels of Armor. The legguards are reinforced cane rods that increase impact absorption without giving them additional weight. The butterfly padded straps and buckles combined with a leg hugging design give the wearer an extremely comfortable fit. The gel zone knee cap protects the knee area from high impact. 
  2. Gray Nicolls Test Originals 1500 Batting Legguards – This legguard has stunning looks owing to its cane front design. The vapour and diffuser foam bolsters with fibre insert shields combine together to give the batsman a high level of protection. The knees are protected by poly armour cups and gel inserts. The legguards have padded straps for a high level of comfort. 
  3. GM Diamond Original Batting Legguards – These batting pads have gained fame as Ben Stokes was involved in designing them. The use of Poron XRD in the knee area makes them extremely effective in protecting that area from high impact. The front of the pads has a 7 vertical bar design which promotes flexibility while protecting. The sides of the pads have wide bolsters for enhanced protection. The velcro strap is comfortable and makes it very easy to put on and take off the pads. 
  4. Kookaburra Kahuna Concept Pro Batting Legguard – This batting legguard is used extensively in test matches for the high level of protection it provides. The pads are made from high density foam with low impact rebound characteristics and reinforced cane rods. The external three-piece knee bolster provides enhanced protection and also helps in shape retention. The ergonomically shaped straps give a close and comfortable fit. The mesh in the rear section not only gives a better fit, but also offers ventilation. 
  5. Ton Test Opener Batting Legguards – Special Edition Embossed ‘S’ – These batting legguards stand out as they have a special ‘S’ embossed on them. The batting legguard is preferred by test match players as it is extremely lightweight, comfortable to wear and offers a high level of protection. The wide bolsters on the sides enhance the level of protection. The extra wide velcro straps with cushion packs fitted on them are comfortable and give a close fit.   

Want to own one of these great batting legguards? Whether you are a professional player or a beginner, you will find the perfect batting pads 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!

10 Things You Must Have in Your Cricket Kit

Are you a budding cricketer and looking to complete your cricket kit? Here are the cricket essentials you need to have in your cricket kit – 

  1. Cricket Bat – A good cricket bat is a must-have for every cricketer. To choose a good bat, the player must first decide their budget and then evaluate the bats available within that range. Pickup is an important factor that can influence a player’s performance, so the player must perform a pickup test before selecting the bat. The next thing is looking at the shape and design of the bat. Depending on one’s playing style, players can choose between bats that have a mid to low sweet spot or a mid to high sweet spot. VKS has a variety of bats from the top brands in the world of cricket including Gunn & Moore, Kookaburra, Gray Nicolls, CA, SS Ton, MRF, Adidas, SF Stanford, CA, Keeley, Chase, Infinity and New Balance. 
  2. Cricket Shirts – Cricket, like all other sports, has a uniform. A white cricket shirt is a staple that every cricketer must have. A good cricket shirt fits well, feels comfortable, is effective at moisture management and conducive to movement. Depending on the season they will be playing in, cricketers can choose between half-sleeve or full-sleeve shirts. If the players are playing in very cold weather, then they need to have cricket sweaters as well. VKS has cricket shirts from Gunn & Moore, Kookaburra, Adidas, Infinity and Gray Nicolls. 
  3. Cricket Trousers – Like cricket shirts, white cricket trousers are an essential part of cricket clothing. Cricket trousers need to fit well, feel comfortable and be conducive to movement. Additionally, the need to be good at moisture management. VKS has cricket trousers from top brands in the world of cricket – Adidas, Gray Nicolls, Kookaburra, Infinity and Gunn & Moore. 
  4. Cricket Shoes – A batsman is always on their feet – walking, running, sprinting and jumping, so having a pair of good cricket shoes is of utmost important. Batsmen should look for cricket shoes that fit well, are appropriately cushioned and comfortable and keep the foot stable without restricting movement. VKS has cricket shoes from Adidas, Payntr, Gunn & Moore, Gray Nicolls, Asics, Kookaburra and New Balance. 
  5. Cricket Socks – Along with cricket shoes, cricket socks are a must-have too. Cricket socks keep the feet dry and comfortable by wicking moisture effectively. VKS has top-quality cricket socks from Horizon, Gunn & Moore and Kookaburra. 
  6. Cricket Balls – Good cricket balls are made from perfectly tanned leather, are hand-sewn and have a cortex centre. A batsman should always have a few cricket balls in their cricket kit so that even if a ball is lost or damaged, there is another one to continue the game. VKS has cricket balls from Dukes – the top brand, and VKS. 
  7. Cricket Helmet – A helmet is an important part of cricket protective gear as it protects the head and face from injuries from the ball. A good cricket helmet is lightweight, fits well, is capable of withstanding impact from the ball and has a grill in the front that covers the face without impacting visibility or making the wearer uncomfortable. VKS has cricket helmets from Masuri, Shrey, Gunn & Moore, Kookaburra and Gray Nicolls. 
  8. Cricket Gloves – Cricket gloves are also an indispensable part of cricket protection equipment as they protect fingers, palm and the wrist from impact from shots. Good cricket gloves are comfortable and provide adequate protection without compromising with mobility of the hand. VKS has batting gloves from Infinity, Kookaburra, New Balance, Adidas, Gunn & Moore, SS Ton and VKS. 
  9. Abdo Guard – An abdo guard is yet another important piece of cricket protective equipment as it protects the genitals from injuries from the ball. VKS has abdo guards from Gunn & Moore and Gray Nicolls. 
  10. Cricket Bag – Last but not the least, every cricketer needs to have a good cricket bag to keep all their cricket equipment in one place. A good cricket bag has separate customised compartments to keep important items like cricket bats, helmet, shoes, etc. It has to be easy to carry and durable as well. Cricketers can choose between wheelie bags and duffle bags, and there are also bags that are a mix of the two. VKS has cricket bags from all the top brands – Gunn & Moore, Kookaburra, Gray Nicolls, Infinity, Adidas and New Balance. 

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 Cricket Bats to Buy in April 2021

Want to upgrade your cricket bat and looking for only the best of the best? VKS has you covered. We have all the top bat models from the best brands in the world of cricket. Whether your batting style is forceful and power-packed, or you like making balanced and accurate shots, VKS has the perfect bat for you. Here is a glimpse of VKS’ top picks for premium bats that will make you a hero on the pitch –

  1. GM Diamond Players Edition Cricket Bat – This bat, made from Grade 1 English willow, is special because it has Ben Stokes’ signature laser-engraved on it. The bat has an L540 blade design which gives it a more dynamic sweet spot. The bat also has a mid swell position, large swell area and optimized F4.5 face dynamics  which give the batsman both balance and power. This bat is available only in a limited supply. 
  2. Gray Nicolls Legend Cricket Bat – This bat not only has great features, but it has gained popularity for its stunning looks as well. The bat has minimal designing and the branding, laser-engraved on the bat, lends it an unparalleled elegance. The mid-blade sweet spot on the Legend is conducive to all round stroke play. The low weight of the bat and its concave sculpted design offers a smooth pickup to the batsman. The semi-oval handle finished with stepped weaving makes the bat very comfortable to hold. 
  3. Kookaburra Ghost Pro Cricket Bat – This bat is a favourite among professionals because of its stunning white and chrome graphics and the power and lightweight feel it has to offer. The bat, made from carefully selected pieces of Grade 1 English willow, has thick edges and full profile which gives it immense power. The flat powerplus face and full spine height only add to its power. The round powerdrive handle is comfortable to hold and gives great control to batsmen.
  4. SF Black Edition Cricket Bat – A powerful bat with stunning black and silver graphics, it has been made from the highest quality English willow. The bat has a large sweet spot and very thick edges which makes it perfect for batsmen who like to pack a lot of power in their shots. The mid to low sweet spot of the bat is great for all rounders. 
  5. Keeley Superior Premium Cricket Bat – The Keeley brothers have been in the bat-making industry for over 40 years, and one of the best bats available today comes from their brand. The full profile of the bat gives immense power to the batsmen and the semi-round bat face is good at twist reduction. The handle, made of 12 pieces of cane with 3 rubber sections and cork gives strength and the right level of flex to the batsman. The handle is also excellent at absorbing shock and reducing twist to give the player a smooth batting experience. 

Want to own one of these great bats? Whether you are a professional player or a beginner, At VKS, you will find the perfect bat which suits your playing style. 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!

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.