ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – The England Cricket Team

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is really hot right
now. If you are new to cricket, then this blog will help you get familiarised
with the England cricket team.

We are at 39 of the 48 ODIs, and the England
Cricket Team is at the 4th rank at the moment. Just in the last match, it won
from India by 31 runs. It will be playing New Zealand on the 3rd of July
now. 

Let us introduce you to the England squad for the
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. 

Moeen Ali
Batting all-rounder, left-handed batsman, right arm off-spinner. 

Age: 31, Caps: 96, Batting average: 26.01, Strike
rate: 103.74, Bowling average: 48.84, Economy: 5.26

Jofra Archer
All-rounder

Age: 24, Caps: 3, Bowling average: 36, Economy:
4.90

Jofra Archer stands third, with 16 wickets, in the
list of players who have taken the most wickets in the ICC Cricket World Cup
2019. 

Jonny Bairstow
right-hand batsman, wicket-keeper, Vice-Captain of England cricket team

Age: 29, Caps: 63, Batting average: 47.53, Strike
rate: 107.03

Jos Buttler (wkt)
right-handed batsman, wicket-keeper

Age: 28, Caps: 131, Batting average: 41.54, Strike
rate: 119.57

Tom Curran
right-arm fast-medium bowler, right-handed batsman

Age: 24, Caps: 17, Bowling average: 29.81, Economy:
6.33

Liam Dawson
right-handed batsman, slow left-arm orthodox spinner

Age: 29, Caps: 3, Batting average: 7, Strike rate:
82.35, Bowling average: 32, Economy: 6.85

Eoin Morgan
left-handed batsman, Captain of England Cricket Team

Age: 32, Caps: 222, Batting average: 39.64, Strike
rate: 90.38

At present, Eoin Morgan is among the highest
scorers of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with his score of 148 against
Afghanistan.

Liam Plunkett
right-arm fast bowler

Age: 34, Caps: 82, Bowling average: 30.14, Economy:
5.90

Adil Rashid – Leg
Spinner

Age: 31, Caps: 88, Bowling average: 30.46, Economy:
5.61

Joe Root
right-handed batsman

Age: 28, Caps: 132, Batting average: 50.47, Strike
rate: 87.15

At present, Joe Root is the third-highest scorer in
the ICC Cricket World Cup with 476 runs. 

Jason Roy
right-handed batsman

Age: 28, Caps: 76, Batting average: 40.80, Strike
rate: 106.29

Jason Roy scored a massive 153 in England vs
Bangladesh in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Ben Stokes
middle-order batsman, fielder

Age: 27, Caps: 84, Batting average: 37.57, Strike
rate: 94.10, Bowling average: 42.44, Economy: 6.15

James Vince
right-handed middle-order batsman, right-arm medium pace bowler

Age: 28, Caps: 10, Batting average: 28.12, Strike
rate: 90.72

Chris Woakes
right-handed batsman, right-arm fast-medium pace bowler

Age: 30, Caps: 88, Batting average: 26.30, Strike
rate: 90.14, Bowling average: 30.80, Economy: 5.64

Mark Wood
right-arm fast bowler, right-handed batsman

Age: 29, Caps: 41, Bowling average: 44.69, Economy:
5.63

At
present, Mark Wood stands 5th with 13 wickets in the list of players who have
taken the most wickets in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Top bats to buy this cricket season!

For cricket fans, it is the most important time of
the year – The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is going on! True blue lovers have
waited patiently for 4 years for this event, and it is finally happening. 

What’s equally exciting is all the new cricket
equipment that’s come into the market. Leading brands have come up with
beautiful new cricket bats keeping into consideration the significance of this
year. Let us take a look at some of the top cricket bats from our favourite
brands –

  1. 2019 Gray Nicolls Legend Cricket Bat – Regarded as the finest cricket in existence today, the all-new 2019 Gray Nicolls Legend Cricket Bat is for the legends of cricket for whom cricket is the ultimate passion. This masterpiece has been made using top-grade English willow. The bat’s mid-blade sweet spot offers all round stroke play. The branding has been etched with a laser, so as it make it immaculate.
  2. MRF Genius Grand Edition Cricket Bat – This bat has been used the world’s top batsman, Virat Kohli. Need we say more? The bat, made from Grade 1 English willow, has thick edges and a flat face with a duckbill toe. The pickup of the bat is very smooth owing its lightness. The minimal shaping of the bat gives it a full profile.
  3. GM Noir Original LE Cricket Bat – This bat is quite the stunner – both in terms of performance as well as looks. It has the traditional L555 blade design and a standard length handle. The f4.5 concave face profile not only offers excellent control and power over the bat, but also aids in a light pickup. The low to mid swell position is well-suited for front foot players.
  4. Kookaburra Kahuna Pro Cricket Bat 2019 – The Kookaburra Kahuna Pro is a favourite among many because of its unconventional graphics and excellent features. The bat, made with the finest quality English willow, has a full body spine and thick edges that give the bat awesome power. The snake grip on the handle helps the batsman maintain a strong grip on the bat.
  5. Keeley Superior Premium Cricket Bat – Keeley brothers are well-known for their quality in the cricket space, and this is one of the finest bats that they have given to the world. They select the finest willow pieces for their bats and create each part meticulously. The handle, for instance, is semi-oval and made of 12 pieces to provide balance, strength and reduce twists. The semi-round bat face is also meant for twist reduction.

Looking
for the perfect cricket bat for yourself? VKS has bats from the best brands in
the world, and shopping with us is super easy as we have both a
brick-and-mortar store and an online shop. In the shop, our trained and
experienced sales staff are there to help you choose the right bat, and on our
website, we provide sufficient details about products for you to make
well-informed decisions. So, shop for all your cricket needs at VKS! 

New cricket gear (not bats!) to buy this season

The cricket season is really hot right now. And why
wouldn’t it be? It’s the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after all! There’s a lot of
exciting new cricket gear out in the market, and if you need to upgrade your
cricket kit, now would be a good time because it’s raining discounts at VKS.
Here are some of our top picks for new cricket equipment this season –

  1. Adidas
    Adipower Vector Mid Cricket Shoes 2019
    – Adidas launched excellent new shoes for bowlers in
    a beautiful colour scheme. The shoes have mid-cut ankle height for enhanced fit
    and support. The internal vector strap holds the foot firmly in place. The TPU
    outsole material is lightweight and it also helps in maintaining mid-foot
    integrity. The bevelled heel contributes to a smooth transition from jumping to
    landing. 
  2. Gray
    Nicolls Legend Batting Gloves​ 2019
    – These all-new gloves come with some excellent
    features such as pittard gripster leather palms that offer a great feel, good
    grip and help in moisture management. The multi-sectioned interlocking “V”
    design not only offers great flexibility but also makes for excellent armour.
    The quad layer of diffuser foam, Ultra-lite HDF, Fibre Shield and Impact Gel
    all on the key areas of the Legend glove makes it an ace among gloves. 
  3. Kookaburra
    Pro Tour Wheelie Bag – 2019
    – Proper equipment management is a must in the game
    of cricket and this wheelie bag has been designed to enable you to do the same.
    The ultra-tough bag has been made using high-quality tarpaulin, cotton denim
    and braided fabric. The tapered design offers excellent flexibility. The bat
    section can comfortably accommodate two full-size bats. 
  4. GM
    Original LE Batting Gloves – 2019
    – These gloves are regarded as one of the top gloves
    available in the market. They have parade leather palms for comfort and
    flexibility, and a multi-section design that enhances durability. They are
    capable of absorbing up to 90% of the energy when impacted at high strain
    rates. The Microban® antimicrobial protection ensures that there is no growth
    of stain and odour-causing bacteria. 
  5. VKS
    Ultra Series Batting Legguards
    – A product from the house, these legguards have been
    designed after a lot of research. The front design is traditional with
    high-density padding for maximum impact absorption. The velcro straps make the
    pads very comfortable and easy to wear. The sides of the pads come equipped
    with large bolsters for added protection. 

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. 

Who is going to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019?

The big question! The excitement is building up with each match and we can’t help but wonder which out all these amazing teams, is going to take home the trophy.

We are done with 38 out of 48 ODIs already. The top
rankers at present are –

  1. Australia – 14 points
  2. India – 11 points 
  3. New Zealand -11 points
  4. England – 10 points

Australia has won 7 matches so far. India, New
Zealand and England have won 5 matches each. 

With each of these teams giving a smashing
performance, it is very hard to predict who will win the ICC Cricket World Cup
2019. Each team has its share of excellent batsmen, bowlers, fielders and
wicket-keepers. The following are the members in each team –

AUSTRALIA

Aaron Finch – right-handed batsman, left-arm orthodox bowler

Alex Carey – Wicket-keeper, left-handed batsman

Pat Cummins
right-handed batsman, right-arm fast bowler

Jason Behrendorff
right-handed batsman, left-arm, fast-medium fast bowler

Nathan Coulter-Nile
– Right-arm fast bowler, right-handed batsman

Usman Khawaja
Left-handed batsman, right-arm off spinner

Nathan Lyon
Right-arm off-spinner, right-handed batsman

Shaun Marsh
Left-handed batsman, left-arm orthodox bowler

Glenn Maxwell
Right-handed batsman, right-arm off-spinner

Kane Richardson
right-arm fast-medium bowler, right-handed batsman

Steve Smith
right-handed batsman, right-arm leg spinner

Mitchell Starc
Left-arm fast bowler, left-handed batsman

Marcus Stoinis
right-handed batsman, right-arm medium bowler

David Warner
Left-handed batsman, right-arm leg spinner

Adam Zampa
right-arm leg spinner, right-handed batsman

INDIA 

Virat Kohli (capt) – right-handed
batsman, right-arm medium bowler

Jasprit Bumrah – right-arm
fast-medium bowler, right-handed batsman

Yuzvendra Chahal – right-arm
leg spinner, right-handed batsman

Shikhar Dhawan – Left-handed
batsman, right-arm off spinner

MS Dhoni (wk) –  right-handed
batsman, right-arm medium bowler

Ravindra Jadeja – Left-handed
batsman, left-arm orthodox bowler

Kedar Jadhav – Right-handed
batsman, right-arm off-spinner

Dinesh Karthik (wk) – right-handed
batsman

Bhuvneshwar Kumar – right-arm
fast-medium bowler, right-handed batsman

Hardik Pandya – right-handed
batsman, right-arm medium-fast bowler

KL Rahul – right-handed
batsman

Mohammed Shami – right-arm
fast-medium bowler, right-handed batsman

Vijay Shankar – right-handed
batsman, right-arm medium bowler

Rohit Sharma – Right-handed
batsman, right-arm off-spinner

Kuldeep Yadav – Left-arm
wrist spinner, left-handed batsman

NEW ZEALAND

Kane Williamson (capt) – Right-handed
batsman, right-arm off-spinner

Tom Blundell (wk) – Right-handed
batsman, right-arm off-spinner

Trent Boult – Left-arm
fast-medium bowler, left-handed batsman

Colin de Grandhomme – right-handed
batsman, right-arm medium-fast bowler

Lockie Ferguson – Right-arm
fast bowler, right-handed batsman

Martin Guptill – Right-handed
batsman, right-arm off-spinner

Matt Henry – right-arm
fast-medium bowler, right-handed batsman

Tom Latham (wk) – right-arm
medium bowler, left-handed batsman

Colin Munro –
left-handed batsman, right-arm medium bowler

Jimmy Neesham – left-handed
batsman, right-arm medium bowler

Henry Nicholls –  left-handed
batsman, right-arm off-spinner

Mitchell Santner – left-handed
batsman, left-arm orthodox bowler

Ish Sodhi – right-arm
leg spinner, right-handed batsman

Tim Southee – right-arm
fast-medium bowler, right-handed batsman

Ross Taylor – Right-handed
batsman, right-arm off break bowler 

ENGLAND 

Eoin Morgan (capt) – left-handed
batsman, right-arm medium bowler

Moeen Ali – left-handed
batsman, right-arm off-spinner

Jofra Archer – Right-arm
fast bowler, right-handed batsman

Jonny Bairstow (wk) – right-handed
batsman

Jos Buttler (wk) – right-handed
batsman

Tom Curran – right-arm
fast-medium bowler, right-handed batsman

Liam Dawson – Right-arm
fast bowler, right-handed batsman

Liam Plunkett – Right-arm
fast bowler, right-handed batsman

Adil Rashid – right-arm
leg spinner, right-handed batsman

Joe Root – right-handed
batsman, right-arm spinner

Jason Roy – right-handed
batsman

Ben Stokes –
left-handed batsman, right-arm fast-medium bowler

James Vince –  right-handed
batsman, right-arm medium bowler

Chris Woakes – right-handed
batsman, right-arm fast-medium bowler

Mark Wood –  Right-arm
fast bowler, right-handed batsman

There
are still quite a few matches to before the semi-finals and finals. We can only
cheer for our favourite team and hope for it to win!

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.

Want to become a cricketer?
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
rest of your cricket equipment, and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase!

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.

Want to buy the best
wicket-keeping gloves in the country?  VKS Cricket has the best of
wicket-keeping gloves from Gray Nicolls, Puma, SS Ton, Newberry, and Kookaburra
available for you in-store and on the website. Shop online and avail fantastic
discounts on your purchase.

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
perfect batting pads for yourself? VKS Cricket has the latest models of batting
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
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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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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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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.

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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.

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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!