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.

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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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We offer a wide range of cricket protection equipment in the most reputed
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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!

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.

Looking for the perfect cricket shoes for yourself? 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!

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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How to maintain the spikes on cricket shoes

As we highlighted in our previous blog, the spikes on cricket shoes help maintain a good grip on the ground. Without them, a player would find it hard to remain steady on the pitch, especially if it is wet and greasy. Therefore, it is important the spike plate and the spikes are taken care of well to keep them working in good condition. Here’s how you can do it –

1. Do not put your shoes in the washing machine. The forceful movements of the washing machine are likely to damage the spikes and the rest of the shoe. Do not put the shoes in the tumble dryer either. The heat in the dryer can also damage the spikes.
2. Clean the spike plate with hands. You can take the mud and the grass off the spikes with a toothbrush and clean the spike plate with a cloth and soapy water.
3. If you have been playing on wet, grassy surfaces, try to clean the mud and the grass immediately after playing. Do not let the mud and the grass stay on the spikes for too long as this will cause them to rust too quickly.
4. When not using the shoes, you could remove the spikes and keep them separately. This will keep the spikes from rusting.
5. If you are having difficulty taking off the spikes or putting them back in, try using a little petroleum jelly or WD-40.
6. Make sure that your spike key always grips the spike firmly. If it isn’t doing that, then it is time to get a new one.
7. Keep checking your spikes regularly to know when to replace them. If the spike beings to look like flat-headed stubs, it is time to get a new set of spikes.

Looking for the perfect cricket shoes for your yourself? 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!

How to take care of cricket shoes

In our previous blogs, we discussed the various parts of a cricket shoe and how they all play a significant role in keeping the player mobile on the pitch. Thus, good cricket shoes are an investment, and therefore, they should be taken care of properly to increase their longevity and enable them to help the player perform well in the game. Here are a few tips on how you can take care of your cricket shoes and prevent them from wearing out too soon.

1. Do not remove the shoes without untying and loosening the laces first. If you remove them without doing so, it will put extra pressure on the glue and the stitching, and the support offered by the heel will also reduce over time.
2. Clean the mud and the grass from the soles of your shoes immediately before it dries up. You can use a hard toothbrush or any other brush with bristles, along with a damp cloth to remove the dirt.
3. If your shoes are wet, do not leave them out in direct sunlight to dry as the heat can damage the material of the shoe, particularly leather. Even synthetic materials will get damaged and discoloured under direct heat. The best would be to loosen the laces, take the insoles out and then leave the shoes in a cool, dry area to air dry away from direct sunlight. You can also put crumpled up newspaper inside damp shoes; the newspaper will absorb the moisture faster. Also, put the shoes in a boot bag only after they have dried up completely.
4. Do not use hot water to wash the shoes as the heat can damage the material or cause it to warp. Do not put the shoes in a washing machine either, instead, wash them with hands. If the shoes are extremely dirty, and you have to put them in a machine, make sure that the water is not above 30 degrees Celsius.
5. Do not use bleach or household cleaning materials to clean your shoes. Use mild detergents – the ones that you use for cleaning your clothes.

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Facts you should know about Dukes, Kookaburra and SG balls

Do you know that cricket teams of different countries are associated with different kinds of cricket balls? If there is a match in England, they would be using a Dukes ball. If the match is in Australia, the teams will play with a Kookaburra ball. Matches held in India use SG balls. It is the cricket board of the country which selects the balls to be used in the matches in that country after rigorous testing.

Here are a few interesting facts about these crickets balls –

– Sanspareils Co., the manufacturer of SG balls, was established in 1931 by brothers Kedarnath and Dwarkanath Anand in Sialkot(now in Pakistan) to make sports goods. It is in 1991 when BCCI approved SG and the ball began being used in domestic and international cricket matches.
– Kookaburra was a company established in 1890, and its name comes from its founder AG Thompson’s pet Kookaburra ‘Jacky’.
– Dukes, as a brand, is older than Kookaburra and SG, having received a Royal patent for cricket balls in 1775.
– Dukes balls boast of a higher swing than the Kookaburra, which gives the home team an advantage when it is playing with a team unfamiliar with the ball.
– Kookaburra balls have a low seam, but it helps the ball to swing for 20 to 30 overs.
– SG balls are known for surviving in rough conditions with their wider seam and thicker thread used for stitching. They also offer a better grip to bowlers.
– Duke & Son of the Dukes brand made the first-ever six-seam cricket ball, and this ball was presented to the then Prince of Wales and also used in the matches of the 1780 English cricket season.
– Kookaburra has been endorsed by many players including former Australia Captain Ricky Ponting and Martin Guptill of New Zealand.
– SG Test balls are handmade and come at 20% of the price of Kookaburra balls.

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How to perfect your batting shots on the pitch

Cricket is a highly nuanced game. From picking the right cricket bat to getting a comfortable grip on it, everything about the game has certain fine details which one must pay attention to in order to become a good player. Batting shots need to be calculated carefully according to how the ball is thrown. After all, that’s how you will keep from losing wickets and scoring runs for your team. Previously, we had shared a blog on how to get ready for batting on the pitch, this blog is about getting your shots right.

1. Step forward with your lead foot and raise the bat – If you’re right-handed, then the right foot’s your lead foot, and if you are left-handed, then it is the left foot. Raise the bat so that it comes up to your shoulder and is pointed straight in the air. The upward swing should be such that the bat remains as straight as possible. Step forward if the ball is bouncing low, and step back if the ball is flying high.
2. Focus on the ball and calculate your move -Keep your eyes on the ball and decide what kind of move you want to make. If you think that the ball will bounce off the sweet spot, you can swing upwards to drive the ball far. However, is the delivery is short, you will need to make a defensive shot.
3. Swing the bat downwards to hit the ball – Slowly swing the bat downwards once the ball has left the bowler’s hand. The position of the swing should be – knees slightly bent, toes aiming in the direction in which you want to hit the ball. Do not play the ball too early and too slowly. If the ball is short, step backwards and aim to make a defensive shot by swinging the bat to the side instead of directly downwards.
4. Make contact with the ball for short deliveries – When the bowler is aiming at hitting the wickets, that is, the delivery is low and fast, do a defensive shot. Concentrate on simply touching the ball, rather than on driving it far and scoring points to remain on the safe side.

We will share more tips on how to improve your game in the blogs to come. Also, when you step out on the pitch to play, don’t forget to wear appropriate protective gear such as a cricket helmet, a pair of cricket gloves 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!