Top cricket bags for less than £100

A good cricket bag
can go a long way in helping you keep your thoughts organised and your focus on
point – when all your cricket equipment is secured neatly in a single place,
you will not have to waste energy on looking for it when you need it. Also,
logistically, cricket bags make our lives so much easier – you can either roll
them or carry them on your shoulder. Just imagine, what a pain it would have
been to carry all the equipment separately. Here are our top picks for cricket
bags that cost less than £100 –

  1. GM Original Wheelie Duffle – With a volume of 126 litres, this bag combines the best of both the worlds – wheelie bags and duffle bags. The bag has two full-length zipped bat pockets and a shoe tunnel. The zips are rust proof and the shoulder strap is easily adjustable. Made from 1680 Denier Polyester, and equipped with heavy-duty scuff protection panels,  the bag is quite durable.
  2. Gray Nicolls GN 1000 Wheelie Cricket Bag – This bag is known for its unique design which protects the kit as well as the equipment. The bag, equipped with high-quality wheels and full-length runners, is extremely stable and manoeuvrable. The bat section has dedicated pockets for 3 bags. There are an additional 5 pockets for storing other equipment.
  3. Kookaburra Pro Players Wheelie Bag – This bag, made from heavy duty tarpaulin and a mixture of carbon PVC and braided fabric is not just sturdy, but stylish as well. With the classic Kookaburra branding in fluorescent green, the bag is a keeper. The bag has a vertical design storage system with a semi rigid skeleton frame. There are external compartments for batting pads and internal sections for two full-length bats. The protective runners run full length along the bag.
  4. Adidas Libro 1.0 Cricket Wheelie Bag – The lightweight bag boasts of great strength and durability. Done in shades of blue, this bag has sufficient space for all your cricket equipment and more. The bat is well-padded all around to provide enhanced protection to your gear. The bag’s internal footwear and helmet section are of great convenience.
  5. Newberry SPS Cricket Bag – This Newberry bag will not let you down even when you have the most hectic schedule and are busy travelling from one place to another to play. The bag has heavy-duty wheels and is easily manoeuvrable. The zippers are robust and the retractable handle adds to the manoeuvrability of the bag.

VKS is your go-to place for
all your cricket equipment, be it bats, balls, bags, shoes, clothing,
accessories or protective gear. VKS offers these premium quality cricket bags
and many more 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.

Essential exercises for cricketers

Training to become a
professional cricketer? Strength, stamina, flexibility and general fitness are
what you will need to ace on the pitch. Here are a few exercises that can help
you get ready for the game –

  1. Squats – Squats are for developing strength in the legs and improving mobility in the hips and core. You can squat using your bodyweight or dumbbells or barbells. With more power in the hips and legs, it also becomes easier for you to enhance your running speed.
  2. Single Leg Squat – After getting regular squats right, you should focus on single leg squats. In the game of cricket, having equal strength in both the legs is very important, and this when single leg squats come into play. They help you develop balance and strength in both the legs. Initially, do single leg squats without using weights, but gradually, you can include some light weights.
  3. Benchpress – Benchpress is for developing pecs, anterior deltoids, triceps and other stabilizing muscles. The strength of the upper body plays an important role in the performance of batters, bowlers and wicketkeepers. This compound exercise is vital to developing strength in the core.
  4. Cook Hip Lift – Cricket cannot be thought of without the act of running on the field – the batsmen, the fielders, and even the bowlers do it all the time. This is one exercise which will help you run faster. The cook hip lift helps in developing strong hips and hamstrings.
  5. Push Ups – Another exercise aimed at strengthing the upper body, this one particularly focuses on chest, arms, shoulders and midsection. This one should be done by all players for developing their core strength.

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VKS is your go-to place for all your cricket equipment, be it bats, balls,
bags, shoes, clothing, accessories or protective gear. VKS offers these premium
quality cricket bags and many more 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.

Best cricket shoes for less than £50

Cricket shoes are an
investment and an important one at that because they can make or break your
game. Ill-fitting shoes will make you feel uncomfortable while playing, and
that discomfort will not allow you to focus on the game fully. Low-quality
shoes may also cause injuries from the shock. Therefore, it is important that
you choose your cricket shoes carefully. But, you do not have to spend hundreds
of pounds on buying good quality shoes. There are good shoes out there
available at budget prices, but you have to possess an eye for finding the
right ones. We have made your task easier by compiling a list of the top
cricket shoes for less than £50 –

  1. Payntr Pimple V Cricket Shoes – This simple but elegant shoe offers the best of both worlds – the comfort and flexibility of a running shoe and the traction of a traditional rubber cricket shoe. The responsive padding around the ankle ensures the maximum level of comfort, protection and support. The honeycomb insole provides great cushioning to the arch of the foot.
  2. Gray Nicolls Velocity 2.0 Spike Cricket Shoe – This shoe offers great features at a very affordable price. The shoe has a PU upper in a honeycomb design for adequate breathability. It has strategically placed spikes with a sturdy, shock-absorbing rubber base. The design of the shoe gives great midfoot support and forefoot flexibility. The shoe is excellent for all-rounder cricketers.
  3. Kookaburra KC 3.0 Spike cricket shoe – This excellent shoe has a spike design which makes it suitable for batsmen, bowlers and fielders. The shoe has an airflow mesh and latex construction upper for greater flexibility and breathability. The padding on the ankle and heel area not only makes the shoe very comfortable but also offers great support while playing.
  4. Kookaburra KC 3.0 rubber cricket shoe – The difference between the Kookaburra KC 3.0 Spike cricket shoe and this shoe is the spikes; the rest of the features are the same. This shoe is comfortable, durable and lightweight. The excellent insoles of the shoe absorb shockwaves felt on impact at the crease and around the ground. Depending upon your needs, you can choose either of the two models from Kookaburra.
  5. Gray Nicolls Atomic Spike Cricket Shoe – A shoe with high-quality, long-lasting spikes, this one can be used with full spikes or half spikes and even rubber studs. The spikes of the shoe offer excellent traction, and the torsion technology provides stability. The lightweight shoe is durable, comfortable and comes at a pocket-friendly price.

Want to buy the best
cricket shoes within your budget? Whether you are a batsman or a bowler, VKS
Cricket has the latest models of cricket shoes for you from the best of brands
including Adidas, Payntr, Asics, Gunn & Moore, Gray-Nicolls, Kookaburra and
New Balance. We also offer replacement spikes and rubber studs for all models
of cricket shoes. Our range of products is available for you both in-store and
on the website. Shop online for your cricket shoes and the rest of your cricket
equipment, and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase!

Top cricket shoes for juniors

The cricket season is
buzzing with activity and new cricket gear for adults and juniors has flooded
the market. When there are so many brands and models for everything related to
cricket, choosing the best product out of the bunch can become a daunting task.
We are here to help you with choosing the best cricket shoes for your junior.
Here are our top 5 picks –

  1. Adidas Howzat Spike Cricket Shoe – This stylish shoe boasts of the same sole system that has been used in the top of the range Vector model. The Adiprene midsole offers great cushioning, thereby enabling the player to sustain their energy on the pitch for long hours. The Adiprene sole also offers excellent shock absorption. The mesh and synthetic upper design combine to give added comfort and breathability.
  2. Payntr X-MK 2 Junior Cricket Spike Shoe – This shoe is a favourite among many because of its bold design and unique features. The shoe’s design in inspired by the original Mark 1 design. The seamless microfibre PU upper gives great stability and flexibility to the player on the pitch. The perforated upper ensures adequate breathability. The insole has been made of EVA, which is known for its shock absorption qualities.
  3. Gray Nicolls Atomic Spike Cricket Shoe – This cricket will make heads turn on the cricket field because of its bold red and black design. The shoe is equipped with superior quality spikes which offer excellent traction. The torsion technology provides stability on the pitch. The shoe is lightweight, comfortable and durable – well-suited for long hours on the pitch.
  4. Kookaburra KC 3.0 Spike Cricket Shoe – The number of spikes on the shoe and their design determine whether it is for batsmen or bowlers. But this shoe has a unique spike design which makes it suitable for being worn by batsmen, bowlers and even fielders. The spike sole offers great traction to all types of players. The airflow mesh and latex upper provides breathability and ensures flexibility. The padded tongue of the shoe adds to the comfort level and fit. The thermo plastic-style heel offers enhanced support.
  5. Kookaburra KCS 2000 Spike Cricket Shoe – Another excellent shoe from Kookaburra, this one too is for all types of players – batsmen, bowlers and fielders. The spike sole of the shoe is excellent for offering adequate traction on the pitch. The mesh construction upper of the shoe is water-resistant, and thus, makes it easy to play on damp pitches. The toe area of the shoe, secured by robust stitching, adds to the durability of the shoe.

Looking for the perfect
cricket shoes for yourself or your junior? Whether you are a batsman or a
bowler, VKS Cricket has the latest models of cricket shoes for you from the
best of brands including Adidas, Payntr, Asics, Gunn & Moore, Gray-Nicolls,
Kookaburra and New Balance. We also offer replacement spikes and rubber studs
for all models of cricket shoes. Our range of products is available for you
both in-store and on the website. Shop online for your cricket shoes and the
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Best wicket-keeping gloves to go for this season

Did you know that the
wicket-keeper is the only person on the fielding side who can wear gloves and
external leg guards? A wicket-keeper’s role is really important in the game –
they are the ones to stop deliveries that pass the batsman. Since the
wicket-keeper has to catch the flying hard leather ball, it is important that
they protect themselves against injuries from the impact of the ball. Here are
the top 5 wicket-keeper’s gloves we recommend this season –

  1. Gray Nicolls Predator 3 LE Wicket Keeping Gloves – Priced on the expensive side, these gloves are preferred by top-level professionals for their excellent catching grip pattern. Made in the strongest, lightest and most supple kangaroo leather, these gloves offer comfort as well as great flexibility. The X-LITE HDF padding on cuffs adds to the comfort level and fit of the gloves.
  2. Ton Finite Wicket Keeping Glove – These stylish gloves are not only great in looks, but they are so soft that you will forget that you have put them on. The gloves have been made using the finest quality Pittard leather which gives them a super-soft and luxurious feel. The palms have been designed for giving a steady grip and protecting the hand from impact.
  3. Newbery SPS Wicket Keeping Glove – These gloves might look simple, but they are really effective at doing what they are meant to do. The soft-leather gloves have a pimple rubber palm facing for superior grip. The memory foam finger ends mould according to the fingers for enhanced comfort. The webbing is double-stitched to the back of the glove for greater durability.
  4. Puma Platinum 6000 Limited Wk Gloves (Black) – There are not many brands which sell black gloves, and if that’s your colour, then these are the gloves you should buy. This elite level wicket-keeping glove has been worn by many top-level PUMA-endorsed wicket-keepers. The super-soft aniline leather backhand and inner padding make this glove really comfortable and tough. The superior anatomic construction also offers a great fit.
  5. SS Ton Players Wicket Keeping Gloves – Another stylish pair of gloves from SS Ton, this one has been made using super-soft sheep leather. The high-quality neoprene rubber-faced palm promises excellent grip and protection. The padded palms are effective at absorbing impact and offering protection to the wicket-keeper.

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Top batting pads to buy this season

England is already a
couple of months into the cricket season and it is time when players will be
shopping for new cricket equipment. The importance of good quality cricket
protective gear can’t be underscored enough and batting pads are an
indispensable part of the batting kit. There are high chances that the hard
leather ball might hit the lower legs and injure them, therefore, all batsmen
must invest in high-quality batting pads. Here are our top picks for batting
pads based on durability, comfort and defence factor –

  1. Gray Nicolls Legend Batting Legguards – The Legend series from Gray Nicolls has given us some excellent bats, but their batting legguard is also the top choice of professional batsmen. The vertical shin Bolster of the pads is made of Vapour Foam strips, HD Foam strips and Poly-armour, which makes the pads ultra-tough without compromising with comfort. The Gel Zone knee cup protects the knees from high impact.
  2. GM Original Batting Legguard 2018 – A top level batting pad designed for the highest level of protection and flexibility, the GM Original Batting Legguard 2018 boasts of the 7 vertical bar design in the front of the pad. The high-density foam construction of the bat keeps it lightweight while ensuring maximum protection. XRD Extreme Impact Protection embedded in the bat ensures the safety of the knees.
  3. Kookaburra Kahuna Concept Pro Batting Legguard – These batting pads, with their Kookaburra Kahuna design, are quite the smashers. These pads use the latest 3D compression moulding and traditional pad making techniques for offering test match level protection. Made from high-density foam and reinforced cane rods, the pads do not compromise on comfort or protection factor.
  4. SS Ton Test Opener Batting Legguards – Special Edition Embossed “S” – These batting pads stand out because of their unique design. The front of the pads has an embossed “S”. The pads have been made using the finest of materials for extra comfort, durability and a high level of protection. The side bolsters are extra wide to offer enhanced protection from impact during deliveries. The wide velcro straps with cushion packs ensure a snug fit.
  5. Adidas SL22 Pro Batting Legguard – The Adidas SL22 Pro Batting Legguard is preferred by many top professionals for its lightweight construction which allows the batsman to play comfortably during long innings. The pads are characterised by full front cane vertical protection and a traditional 3-piece knee roll section. There is an internal TPU board too for added protection.

Looking for the
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pads for you from the best of brands including Adidas, Gunn & Moore,
Gray-Nicolls, Kookaburra, SS Ton, Salix, Newberry and New Balance. We also have
other cricket protection gear such as Cricket Helmets, Batting Gloves, Aero
Strippers, Thigh Guards, Arm Guards, Chest Guards, Abdo Guards, Protective
Shorts, Wicket Keeping Gloves, Wicket Keeping Pads and Wicket Keeping Inners.
Our range of products is available for you both in-store and on the website.
Shop online for your cricket shoes and the rest of your cricket equipment, and
avail fantastic discounts on your purchase!

Top batting gloves to buy this cricket season

Broken fingers and dislocated wrists are among the most common injuries on the cricket field, and that is why it is essential that players invest in a pair of good cricket gloves. Gloves are a must for batsmen as they not only help them get a good grip of the bat, but also protect them from shock. For fielders too, cricket gloves are important because the impact from the ball can damage their hands. Here are our top picks for cricket gloves this season –

  1. Gray Nicolls Legend Batting Gloves 2019 – One of the finest gloves available today, the Gray Nicolls Legend Batting Gloves 2019 are equipped with Pittards Gripster leather palms which offer great feel, steady grip and moisture control. The gloves are made from diffuser foam, EVA, fiber shield and impact gel for maximum protection. The gloves have a  dual sided elasticated sweat-band that absorbs moisture.
  2. GM Original LE Batting Gloves – 2018 – These gloves from Gunn & Moore offer the best of style and protection. The gloves have a multisection design and side bar protection. The gloves have been designed in a manner that they instantly dissipate force upon impact. They have been tested thoroughly and the result reveal that they can absorb up to  90% of energy when impacted at high strain rates. They also come with Microban® antimicrobial protection which prevents the growth of stain and odour-causing bacteria.
  3. Kookaburra Kahuna Pro Batting Gloves 2019 – Done in bright, funky colours, these top-of-the-line from Kahuna are very effective at doing their job. The gloves have a  Pittard Quartz leather palm and a neoprene wristband for a super soft and comfortable feel. For enhanced durability, the gloves have anti wear patches on the palm and heel areas. The Airflow mesh gussets help in managing moisture and keeping the batsmen’s hands cool during long innings.
  4. Newbery Quantum Batting Gloves – Featuring a bold design, these gloves have several features which make them ideal for professional batsmen. The all new split finger style glove offers excellent control and comfort to the batsman. The Mesh vented cooling system aids in sweat control and ensures that the batsman remains cool and comfortable during long innings.
  5. New Balance DC 1080 Batting Gloves – The top quality gloves from New Balance, they have a multi section finger design for optimum flexibility and comfort. The ventilated gusset area of the gloves offers excellent moisture management. The palms of the gloves are done in premium quality sheep leather while the back is made of PU. The gloves are also equipped with Fibre inserts to the leading fingers for added protection.

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helmets, gloves, aero strippers, abdo guards, arm guards, batting pads, chest
guards, jock protective briefs, thigh guards, wicket keeping inners, wicket
keeping pads and wicket keeping gloves. VKS offers this premium quality cricket
protection gear from the best-known brands at affordable prices. Shop with us
in-store or order online at www.vks.com and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase.

Top Junior Cricket Bats for £150 and less

Cricket for juniors today has become ultra-competitive and professional, and that is why junior players ought to have the best of equipment when they step out on the pitch to play. The cricket bat is among the most important components of the game and a batsman’s performance in the game can be augmented greatly with a good cricket bat. Let us look at some of the best cricket bats available in the market for £150 and less –

  1. GM Diamond 808 Cricket Bat Junior – Gunn and Moore is known to produce some of the best bats for professional cricket, and the company has put the same amount of effort in designing this bat for the junior range. A bat made from fine English willow, the bat’s specially designed profile gives it a dynamic sweet spot. The bat also gets its power from its full-shape design and mid-swell position.
  2. Gray Nicolls Shockwave 5 Star Lite Junior Cricket Bat – The 2019 Shockwave series from Gray Nicolls has had everyone in awe because of its bold design. The Shockwave series not only has stunning bats for adult players, but their bats for juniors have also become the talk of the town. The bat, made from finest quality English willow gives excellent results. The lightweight bat has a high middle and thick edges for offering maximum power to the batsman. At the VKS store and website, it comes fitted with a toe-guard and a bat cover.
  3. Kookaburra Kahuna 4.0 Cricket Bat 2019 – This model from Kookaburra, available in Small Men’s size and junior sizes, has been for commended for its “value for money” factor. Made from unbleached English willow, the bat has a full spinel, thick edges and a mid-blade sweet spot. The round powerdrive handle and the snake grip helps the player remain in control of the bat while doing tricky shots.
  4. SS TON Gold Edition Junior Cricket Bat – This bat from SS TON is an excellent choice for professional playing as it uses top-grade English willow and yet comes at an affordable price. The carefully handcrafted bat has a lightweight design and offers meticulous balance to the player. The thick edges and the contoured profile give power to junior batsmen for delivering ace shots on the pitch.
  5. New Balance TC 560 Junior Cricket Bat – This one is the latest cricket bat for juniors from New Balance this season and it has some excellent features which promise a power-packed performance. The lightweight bat gives smooth pickup and the pronounced hitting area is highly effective when it comes to making aggressive shots. The thick edges help players manage off-centre shots and the large sweet spot area makes it suitable for different kinds of batting styles.

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the website. Shop online and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase.

Gray Nicolls Shockwave Cricket Bats

Gray Nicolls Shockwave Cricket Bat has created quite a buzz in the market, and it is disappearing off shelves rapidly as cricket enthusiasts rush to buy it. On the Gray Nicolls website, it says – “The traditional image of cricket will be smashed to smithereens with this ultra-modern bat with its cutting-edge new look”, and we can’t help but agree with this. The bat not only has killer looks but its aggressive design promises immense power.

The first thing you will notice about the bat is its looks. The bat has a checkered design in blue and black at the top of the blade, along with the white and red Gray Nicolls logo. They have got some stylish new graphics on the bat done in different shades of blue ranging from azure to turquoise. According to the designer of the bat, Paul Jenkins, the fragmented graphic design represents the immense power that this bat gives on impact, or the shockwave of the bat.

The deep spine of the bat runs from the top till the toe. The bat has a high middle and this bold design of the bat serves the purpose of enabling the batsman to deliver power-packed shots. The big bat, made from top quality English willow, is quite light – it ranges from 2.7 to 2.12 and this weight makes its pickup quite smooth.

The Shockwave bats are specially designed for matches on the lines on the lines of T20 – a lot of action in a short duration. The bats’ thick edges ensure that the batsman hits with power even when he mistimes the ball. The Shockwave bat family has something for all kinds of batsmen. You can choose from Pro Performance, 5 star, 5 star Lite, 4 star, 5 star Lite junior, 200, Academy junior and Thunder junior bats. The Shockwave bats, along with other categories from Gray Nicolls – Legend, Classic, PowerBow 6x, PowerBow 6, Supernova, Kronus, PowerBow 5, Predator 3 and Velocity XP1, are available for you in-store and on the VKS website. Our team is available in-store as well as online to help you choose the best bat for yourself. Shop online at www.vks.com and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase.

Best Junior Cricket Bats for less than£250 in 2019

Cricket is a game
enjoyed by the old and young alike. So, when adult batsmen purchase
professional cricket equipment for their weekend games with friends, so why
should children be treated differently? Your child could be the next James
Anderson or Charlotte Edwards, and for that, you, as a parent, should support
them in their passion and buy them the best cricket equipment so that they can
excel on the pitch at school or their local cricket club. Here are the best
junior cricket bats that you can buy them in 2019 –

  1. GM Diamond Original Le Cricket Bat Junior – This bat is among the finest for juniors from Gunn & Moore. Made in Grade 1 unbleached English willow, this bat gives the player control and promises power all across the blade. The full shape design and mid swell position help the player knock the ball off aggressively. The bat is limited in supply because of the highest level of quality it has.
  2. Gray Nicolls Legend Junior Cricket Bat – The Legend is well-known for its legendary performance. The powerful bat, with its black handle and minimal design, has an irresistible appeal. The sweet spot of the bat is at mid-blade, which makes it suited for both front and back foot play. The concave profile of the bat makes for a smooth pick up and gives balance.
  3. GM Zelos DXM Original LE Cricket Bat (Academy) – This bat is an excellent choice for the juniors who need a durable bat which can help them perform consistently. The bat has  a full size 555 mm blade, a 280 mm handle and a contoured spine. The low weight offers a light and smooth pickup. The partially conceived back profile gives the bat a balanced feel.
  4. SS TON Reserve Edition Cricket Bat Junior – When your junior wants to deliver power-packed shots on the pitch, this bat will not let them down. Made of the highest quality English willow, this bat has narrow grains which make the blade optimally springy. The bat has a full profile and impressive, thick edges and pronounced spine. The oval handle of the bat makes for a great grip on the bat.
  5. Chase FLC Cricket Bat – Junior – This is the top quality bat available for juniors from Chase. The bat’s unique design gives an edge to players who want to hit dynamically. The bat’s massive drive zone is great for all-round stroke play. The bat’s mid-low sweet spot offers tremendous momentum from pick-up to shot. The handle of the bat is semi-oval in shape and makes for a comfortable grip. The multi-textured, latex handle cover contributes to the steadiness of the grip while batting.

Looking
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cricket bats from Gunn & Moore, Gray Nicolls, Kookaburra, SS Ton, Infinity,
Keeley, Adidas, Chase, New Balance, Newberry, SF, and MRF in all sizes
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discounts on your purchase.

Top Cricket Helmets for you

In some of our
previous blogs, we emphasised the importance of safety gear in the game of
cricket. Several cricketers have endured mild to fatal injuries on the cricket
pitch, and to avoid such unfortunate incidents, wearing proper cricket safety
gear while playing is a must. The helmet is among the most important components
of safety gear, and there should be no compromise on quality when buying one.
Here are our favourite picks for cricket helmets based on design, durability,
level of protection offered and comfort –

  1. GM Purist Geo Cricket Helmet – Bats aren’t the only thing that Gunn & Moore is an expert of. It’s cricket helmets are a winner too. The GM Purist Geo Cricket Helmet is comfortable and lightweight. It’s adjuster towards the back helps you get the right fit, and is easy to unfasten. The helmet comes fitted with a sturdy Geo steel grille. The outer cover is tough and is capable of withstanding great force and the inner lining is in EPS, which helps balance the shock.
  2. Gray Nicolls Test Opener Cricket Helmet – This helmet is lightweight and comes with an excellent adjuster towards the back which can be tightened or loosened without fuss. The helmet has a firmly fitted Apex grille with lateral armour and Integrated shock absorbers. The navy coloured helmet also has interflow vent channels moulded into the helmet lining.
  3. Kookaburra Pro 1200 Cricket Helmet – Kookaburra Pro 1200 Cricket helmet has been made in compliance with the latest British and Australian standards. This bat’s design is not stylish, but it offers a high level of safety and comfort. The Lightweight ABS shell protection of the helmet comes with a special shock dissipating polymer lining system. Its face guard is lightweight, and it offers great protection without compromising with visibility.
  4. Masuri Original Series Test Titanium Cricket Helmet – Masuri is a well-known name in the domain of cricket helmets. The brand offers a wide range in different styles and price tags. Its helmets are on the expensive side, but their quality is worth it. The Masuri Original Series Test Titanium Cricket Helmet is a popular model from their range. The lightweight helmet boasts of a titanium grill and single shell construction.The helmet also has padded side protection for the ear and cheek areas.
  5. Shrey Masterclass Air 2.0 Titanium Cricket Helmet – This robust helmet with a titanium grill is priced on the higher side, but its unique features make it worth buying. At 750 grams, it is the lightest helmet available with a titanium grill and is used by many international players. The helmet not only protects the head, but also the sides of the face. It has a lightweight sweatband which can be removed and washed easily.

The good news is that you
buy all these helmets and other cricket equipment from VKS, in-store or online.
We offer a wide range of cricket protection equipment in the most reputed
brands, and at fantastic discounts. You can also visit our store at 31 Bond
Street, Ealing, London. So, complete your cricket kit and play your game with
confidence and peace of mind.

Becoming a better fielder – Perfecting the orthodox cup

On the pitch, fielding might be underrated, but it is as significant as batting and bowling – as the saying goes, catches win matches. Swift fielders can kill the fours and sixes of good batsmen and bring home the trophy. Orthodox cups are most basic catches in cricket and here’s how you can perfect them –

1. Get in the right stance – Stand firmly with your feet apart and knees bent. Spread your weight evenly on both the feet. Keep your eyes on the ball and be prepared to move in any direction that the ball may come from.
2. Hold your hands together with palms facing upwards and your little fingers touching -Bring your hands together in a way that the palms are facing upwards and the little fingers of both the hands are touching. Cup them together in a manner that they form a wide-brimmed bowl. Try to maximise the surface area of your palms when you cup your hands. Keep your hands relaxed so that you can catch the ball firmly without letting bounce off your palms.
3. Catch the ball with your hands close to your body – Hold out your cupped hands to catch the ball. Try to keep your hands close to the body when catching the ball. It will help you absorb the impact from the ball and also prevent injuries. Catching the ball close to your body will also reduce your chances of dropping it.

We will keep updating the website on blogs about improving your game. Also, when you step out on the pitch to play, don’t forget to wear appropriate protective gear such as a cricket helmet and cricket pads. You can buy all of these and the rest of your cricket gear at VKS. We also have the full range of other cricket equipment including cricket balls, cricket clothing, cricket protective gear, etc. from the leading brands to help you complete your cricket kit. Shop online and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase!

Top 5 cricket shoes for 2019

Come 2019 and it is a brand new season for cricket. It’s only fair that you treat yourself to a pair of new cricket shoes that will help you deliver your best on the pitch this season. But, with so many brands and out there in the market, buying cricket shoes becomes a tough nut to crack. We have made a list of our favourite cricket shoes keeping in mind factors such as function, design, look, features and durability to help you make your decision. Here are our top 5 cricket shoes for 2019 –

1. Adidas ADIPOWER Vector Mid Full Spike – This is a model which has been designed keeping in mind the needs of fast bowlers. The shoe has been designed to offer firmness, great cushioning and support for fast bowling. The outsole of the shoe is soft, lightweight and comfortable. The abrasion-resistant toe helps the shoe stay well-fitted and comfortable, and last longer.

2. Adidas ADIPOWER Vector Full Spike Cricket Shoes – This is another variant in the ADIPOWER series, and this shoe, like the Adidas ADIPOWER Vector Mid Full Spike, is designed for fast bowling. The bevelled heel makes transitions from running to landing smooth, and the internal support cage and mid cut heel are for stabilizing movements. The upper material is made from a soft but durable material, and it keeps the foot comfortable while playing.

3. Asics Gel Peake 5 – This shoe has earned a great name for itself among fast bowlers because of its unique “gel” unit which absorbs impact. The shoe is not only commended for its flexibility and durability but the way it grips the foot to ensure maximum pace gathering too. The shoe helps bowlers achieve top speed without getting injured.

4. Kookaburra Pro 1500 Rubber Stud – These shoes are suited for batsmen and wicketkeepers who have to be quick on their feet, and therefore, need flexibility. The upper part of the shoe has been done in a breathable mesh construction which helps ensure the comfort of the foot. The shoes are water resistant and durable.

5. New Balance CK4020B3 Stud – This model of cricket shoes can be worn by both bowlers and batsmen. The shoe boasts of a light midsole and excellent cushioning in the forefoot and heel for maximum comfort. The responsive feel and the lightweight cushioning help players to keep playing for a long time without getting their feet sore.

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How to excel at fast bowling in cricket

As discussed in our previous blog, fast bowling is about getting the basics right and then practising with focus and dedication. Seasoned bowlers, who have been practising for 8-10 years, can deliver balls with a speed of over 150 km/h! Here are a few tips on how you can improve your fast bowling skills –

1. Keep changing your line of delivery – Do not stick to just one line while bowling. Once the batsman gets familiar with your line, they will begin anticipating the same kind of shots every time and get used to handling them with accuracy. Instead, keep surprising the batsman – alternate between offside, leg side, or midline to keep the batsman on their toes.
2. Aim for a good length in each delivery – A delivery of the good length where the ball bounces off from the middle of the pitch is challenging for a batsman to handle as it is hard for them to predict at what height and angle will the ball bounce off before reaching them. So, make sure that the ball of 6-8 metres from the batsmen when it bounces off the pitch.
3. Get the bowl to swing – “Swing” is a delivery technique in which the ball curved mid-air. The inconsistent air flow may cause the ball to change direction suddenly and confuse the batsman. However, it is to be noted that a swing is considered as manipulation in some leagues, and could lead to a penalty or even disqualification.
4. Aim for Yorkers – A Yorker is a ball which lands right in front of the feet of the batsman, causing the batsman to change their footing rapidly. In many cases the change in footing leads to either a knocked wicket, or a leg before wicket. Yorkers are among the toughest deliveries and rigorous a lot of experience.

We will keep updating the website on blogs about improving your game. Also, when you step out on the pitch to play, don’t forget to wear appropriate protective gear such as a cricket helmet and cricket pads. You can buy all of these and the rest of your cricket gear at VKS. We also have the full range of other cricket equipment including cricket balls, cricket clothing, cricket protective gear, etc. from the leading brands to help you complete your cricket kit. Shop online and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase!

How to take care of your cricket bat

The key to becoming a good batsman is practice. The key to practising is having regular drill matches with your team. For regular drill matches, you need all your cricket equipment to be in good shape. And for your cricket equipment to be in good shape, you have to take care of the equipment well. This blog is going to focus on the do’s and don’ts of taking care of a cricket bat.

1. Apply linseed oil on your bat’s face, toe and edges. Doing this will soften the bat fibres, bond them together and help to prevent the bat from splitting. You can take a piece of cloth, paintbrush or your bare hands and put 1 or 2 very light coats of the oil on the aforementioned components of the bat. Ideally, this should be done every 6 months to maintain the moisture level in the bat. In the winter months when you are not using your bat, please avoid storing in a room with central heating as this tends to dry the bat out.

2. Do not start using the bat straight away after you have bought it. First, knock the cricket bat in with a bat mallet for a minimum of 4 hours to harden the bat. Increase the force progressively, but do not knock so hard that you break the bat. Knock the middle first it till the time you start to notice a dent. Then, gently knock around the dent to level the dent. You can at the same time knock the edges and the toe of the blade gently. Oil the bat first and dry it overnight before you use the mallet on it.

3. After you have hardened the bat with the mallet, start playing with it. Hitting the ball with the bat will also contribute to the process of hardening the bat.

4. Store your bat in a cool and dry place. Keep it away from of areas of heat and
humidity and as these two elements can warp the bat or dry out the wood and make it susceptible to cracking.

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Cricket Uniform 101

If you want to be taken seriously as a cricketer, then you have to look like one apart from being good at the game. At the next big match, go dressed in the complete cricket uniform and make heads turn with your passion and professionalism. Here are the cricket clothing essentials you will need to get the look right –

1. A collared shirt with full sleeves or half sleeves, depending on the weather, is what you should wear on the top. Make sure that your shirt is in a material which absorbs sweat easily. Shirts can be whites or coloured depending on your teams kit.
2. Long white trousers should be paired with the white shirt. Make sure that your trouser is loose enough so that the abdoguard and thigh guard can fit in easily.
3. Over the shirt, you can also wear a white v-necked jumper or pullover if you are playing on a cold day. There are the traditional cable knit style or the new fleece versions.
4. The jockstrap and the abdo guard are to protect your groin against impact from the ball when batting, so do not go to the pitch or any net session without them.
5. Shoes with spikes are a must for good traction. The configuration of spikes varies for bowlers and batsmen, so attach your spikes according to your role.
6. Head injuries are not uncommon on the cricket. Batsmen and close in fielders should always play with a helmet on the head.
7. If you are a batsman, you might want to put on a thigh guard, arm guards, chest guard, and elbow guards as well for enhanced protection of the body. But, it is advisable to practise playing with all these components first, as they come in the way of easy movements.
8. Legguards are for batsmen, wicket-keepers and to protect their shin bones and knee against impact from the ball.
9. Thickly-padded gloves for batsmen to protect their palms and fingers against impact from the ball. Wicketkeepers also require gloves, but their gloves are webbed between the thumb and index fingers.

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