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.

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!

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.

Inspired to complete your cricket uniform? VKS offers premium quality cricket clothing from the best-known brands at affordable prices. We have cricket shirts, cricket trousers, cricket shoes, sweaters, baselayers, socks, caps and hats and teamwear in a variety of designs and sizes. We also sell the complete cricket protection gear at our store and on our online shop. Shop in-store or order with us online for completing your cricket kit.

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.

Looking for the perfect cricket shoes for yourself? VKS Cricket has the latest models of cricket shoes from Adidas, Payntr, Asics, Gunn & Moore, Gray-Nicolls, Kookaburra and New Balance available for you 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!

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.

Want to buy a good cricket ball from a leading brand like Dukes, Kookaburra or Alfred Reader? VKS not only has cricket balls from the top brands, but all cricket equipment including bats, cricket clothing and cricket protective gear to help you complete your cricket kit. Shop online and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase.

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!

How to choose the right cricket shoes – Upper, Sockliner, Outsole, Midsole

The quality and fit of your cricket clothing can influence your game significantly. Cricket shoes are a very important part of your cricket attire as there is a lot of leg and foot movement in the game. Buying cricket shoes which fit well and provide comfort to the feet will help you play your game with better focus and efficiency. Here’s a guide to choosing the right cricket shoes based on their various features –

1. Upper – The upper covers the top part and the sides of the foot. The upper is designed to hold the foot to the shoe comfortably and offer maximum ventilation. Shoes designed for batsmen mostly are low-cut in style to offer flexibility. Shoes for bowlers either have a mid-cut or a high-cut to give adequate support to the ankle during delivery.
2. Sockliner – The sockliner, or the footbed, rests below the sole of the foot and is in direct contact with it. Sockliners serve various purposes in the shoe – they provide cushioning and comfort to it, absorb sweat and enhance the fitting of the shoe. Most good shoes come with replaceable sockliners, and therefore, players can customise them according to their level of comfort.
3. Outsole – The outsole is the bottommost layer of the cricket shoe which remains in direct contact with the ground. The outsole is made of a sturdy material such as Polyurethane and its surface may or may not have a spike plate to allow spikes to be attached to it. In case there is no spike plate, the outsole will have a rubber dimple and cleat design, which is ideal for playing indoors or on synthetic surfaces. It is preferable for bowlers’ boots to have flat outsoles to enable the impact to spread over a greater surface area while running.
4. Midsole – The midsole is placed between the footbed and outsole, and its main purpose is to absorb shock. The midsole may be made of more than one material. For instance, it may have hard material in certain areas to offer greater support, and soft materials in other areas to absorb shock. Many boots also have special shock absorption units in the heel of the shoe for greater support, comfort and protection.

Looking for the perfect cricket shoes for yourself? VKS Cricket has the best range of cricket shoes from Adidas, Payntr, Asics, Gunn & Moore, Gray-Nicolls, Kookaburra and New Balance available for you in-store and on the website. Shop online and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase.

Best cricket bats at VKS for £300 and lesser!

Buying a good bat can be a tricky business, especially with the plethora of brands and models out there in the market. There are several things you need to look at when choosing your bat – game requirements, weight & pick up of the bat, quality of the willow, buying from a reputed dealer, size of the bat, and last but not the least, your budget. We have a curated a list of the best bats you can buy for £300 and lesser –

1.Gunn & Moore Diamond 909– This is a new model for the 2019 season and has been designed in conjunction with Ben Stokes. Designed with a full profile, this is a stunning bat that offers the batsmen all the willow he or she will need for all round strokeplay. Made at the Gm factory in Nottingham the Diamond 909 is a beautifully crafted bat and one that really shows off the bat making skills of the team in Notingham.

2.SS Ton Gold Edition Cricket Bat– SS are one of the biggest names in cricket. They are one of the biggest buyers of English willow in the world and their factory is stunning. The Gold Edition is a top quality bat with a full profile, thick edges and top quality English willow. All our SS Ton bats are specially selected for us by Jatin Sareen himself.

3.Infinity Modus “Platinum” Cricket Bat- This bat is a steal at £299. The bat boasts of grade 1 English willow with narrow grains and some added heartwood for added character and performance. The bat has a full profile and a long and extended sweet spot which gives more power to the batsmem for all types of shots and formats of the game.

4.Keeley Worx 074 Cricket Bat- This model from Keeley boasts of a high spine and incurve which helps in delivering power-packed shots. The bat is not very heavy, an thus, offers great pickup. The 12-piece semi-oval handle done in cane, cork and rubber feels great in the hand and reduces the chances of twists.

5.Chase FLC R7 Cricket Bat – This superb bat is presently on sale at £279.99 down from its original price of £350. The bats specialities are its massive drive zone which makes for great all round stroke play, and its mid-low sweet spot which offers maximum momentum from pick up to shot. The bat’s semi-oval handle offers a comfortable and firm grip.

Are you a professional or aspiring cricket player and looking for the perfect bat to deliver great shots on the pitch? VKS Cricket has the best range of cricket bats from Gunn & Moore, Gray Nicolls, Kookaburra, SS Ton, Infinity, Keeley, Adidas, Chase, New Balance, Newberry, SF, Hunts County and MRF available for you in-store and on the website. We also have the full range of other cricket equipment including cricket balls, cricket clothing, cricket protective gear, etc. from the leading brands. Shop online and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase.

How to buy the right cricket helmet & gloves

As we have iterated before, your cricket kit will make a crucial difference in how you play your game. Just like the bat is important to how well you flick the ball on the pitch, your helmet and gloves are also important components of the game. The helmet, which will protect you from any head and facial injuries, has to be light and sturdy. The gloves, which will influence how well you bat, have to be the right size and of a comfortable material.

Here are a few tips on how you can choose the right helmet and gloves for yourself –

Helmet- The helmet is important for protecting you from injuries, but at the same time, it should be such that it feels right on your head and allows you to play your game comfortably. A good helmet is the one which fits you well when you try it, and is made of heavy duty but lightweight materials.
Go for a helmet which is made by one of the big brand names such as Masuri, Shrey, GM, Kookaburra, Gray Nicolls and Ayrtek. These are reputable brands that will supply helmets that conform to all the latest safety standards. Please note that grills are no longer adjustable, so whilst the field of vision may initially feel small, its something that your eyes will quickly adjust to. For added protection you can also add a stem guard to your helmet. Each brand will make a stem guard that specifically fits their helmet. Do not mix stem guards and helmets from different brands as you will not get the right fit.

Gloves- Broken fingers are a common injury on the cricket pitch and a good pair of gloves can help you avoid it. The gloves should have a high-density foam padding which can absorb the shock of the ball upon impact and keep your fingers safe. Gloves with sidebar padding provide the best protection as they keep the back and side bones of the hands safe too. Make sure that your gloves are neither tight nor loose. Tight gloves will restrict movement, whereas loose gloves might come off unexpectedly during batting.

Want to complete your cricket kit? VKS has the best cricket equipment from the leading brands across 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 helmet, gloves and other cricket fear, 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!

4 steps to help you get ready for batting on the pitch

Passionate about batting on the pitch but don’t know where to start? Batting is a skill which a player masters with dedicated practice and a never give up attitude. Regularity is very important in practising batting skills as it not only helps you develop your stamina but also perfect your batting style for winning performances on the pitch. What you try and experiment with on your training sessions will ultimately reflect in better performances on the field. Here are 4 steps for helping you get ready for batting on the pitch –

Take a good position – The first thing you need to do is assume a good standing position in which you can keep your head up and your eyes on the bowler. A good position is where your feet are shoulder-width apart and knees are slightly bent.

Grip the bat firmly – Put on your batting gloves and grip the bat firmly with both hands with the stronger hand close to the blade. Swing the bat to see if you are comfortable with your grip. If you want more control, position your strong hand closer to the blade and swing again. Keep experimenting till you arrive at the most comfortable grip in which can swing the bat easily and have more control over your movements.

Ensure that your bat is in line with the middle wicket – Make a line with the bat perpendicular to the line of wickets, stretching from the middle wicket till the turf. This line is called the guard line and will help you gain perspective about where your bat should be to best defend the wickets. Once you have aligned with the centre, you can make adjustments to either side depending on your preferred stance.

Knock on the guard line with your bat – Once you have taken a stance, keep your eyes on the bowler and knock on the guard line with your bat to tell the bowler that you are ready. Keep your eyes firmly focused on the bowler and wait for him/her to throw the ball. As the ball flies towards you, get ready for making your shot!

We will share more tips on how to improve your game in the blogs to come. Also, when you walk out on the pitch, 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. Shop online and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase!

The best bats to buy in the £400+ range

While skills and stamina are of utmost importance to a cricket player, a good bat complements these assets and makes the player’s game better. Thus, those who enjoy playing cricket and want to get better at it, they should invest in a good cricket bat. Here are VKS’ top picks in the £400+ range for this year –

Gunn and Moore Diamond DXM Original LE – Designed in cojunction with England’s master allrounder Ben Stokes, this bat is for players who want to play their game with the best quality Engllish available. The bat is sure to be a 2019 hit with because of its large sweet spot, its full body profile and the balance and the power that makes it feel so much lighter than its dead weight. The GM Diamond bat lets players deliver power-packed shots and beat the opposition’s bowlers hands down.

Gray Nicolls Legend – Gray Nicolls bats are a favourite amongest the worlds top players and the Legend model is at the pinnacle of any bat currently on the market. Its price tag is double than that of some of the other models in this blog, so it’s certainly limited to a very few, but those who do take the bold step to purchase a Legend will have the very best to play with, so expect to be at the top of your game with this model…the price tag demands it.

Kookaburra Kahuna Pro – The Kahuna has been part of the Kookaburra range for nearing the years and the Kahuna Pro is consistently on our best seller lists. Expect flawless looks with the performance levels to match.We love this bat and our sales figures show our customers do too.

Infinity Reserve Cricket Bat – This bat has been designed to deliver excellent performance on the pitch. Its full profile helps to give maximum power to shots. The semi oval handle provides a strong and comfortable grip to the player and the top quality willow means it feels so sweet when it comes into contact with the leather and seam of the ball.

MRF Genius Grand Edition – The MRF Grand Edition is endorsed by many esteemed names in the world of cricket for its superb performance and quality. The flat face, thick edges and minimal concaving give great power to the player shots. The thick edges also contribute to great pickup, which is a must for dynamic shots.

Are you a professional or aspiring cricket player and looking for the perfect bat to deliver great shots on the pitch? VKS has the best range of cricket bats from Gunn & Moore, Gray Nicolls, Kookaburra, SS Ton, Infinity, Keeley, Adidas, Chase, New Balance, Newberry, SF, Hunts County and MRF available for you in-store and on the website. We also have the full range of other cricket equipment including cricket balls, cricket clothing, cricket protective gear, etc. from the leading brands. Shop online and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase.

How To Buy The Right Cricket Bat in 5 Easy Steps

Buying your first cricket bat and overwhelmed with all the brands and models out there? Here are 5 easy steps which will help you choose the right cricket bat which adds to your game –

1. Budget – Bats come with all kinds of price tags – from less than a 100 GBP to as much as 1000 GBP and more. Once you define the price range for your bat, it will automatically eliminate a lot of options which do not suit your budget. Then, you can add more filters to your search for the right cricket bat.

2. Game Requirements – Whats the requirement of your game? If you are going to play with tennis balls, rubber balls, or cork balls, a bat made out of cheaper willow will serve the purpose. However, if you play with leather cricket balls, then you need a bat which has a thick body made out of good quality English willow.

3. Weight & Pick Up of the bat – The weight & pick up of the bat have serious implications on your game. A heavier bat will give your shots more power, however, a lighter bat will be easier to control and give you more speed in your shots. Your physique and strength will play an important role in helping you choose the cricket bat with the right weight. As for pick up, it helps you determine how the bat will feel in the play. You have to try different bats which might look and weigh the same. So, just pick up the bat, swing it around to see how it feels.

4. Size – The size of the bat depends majorly on the height of the player. Bats come in various sizes – 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Harrow, SM Mens, Short handle, Long handle/Long blade. Choose the size according to your height.

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!

Here’s All That You Need To Wear To Keep Yourself Protected On The Cricket Pitch

Protection is a MUST when you step out on the cricket field with the rest of your gear. After all, anything can happen on the cricket field – from scraping a knee to bruising a knuckle to fracturing a rib. Whatever the case may be, any kind of pain and injuries are unwelcome. So, here are all the things you should have on you when you go out to play cricket –

1. Aero Strippers – Aero strippers are pads to protect the thighs, hips and the area around them. Good aero strippers provide protection to the leading thigh, inner thigh area, lower abdomen and the hip bone without coming in the way of the smooth movement of the player.

2. Abdo guards – Abdo guards protect the sensitive pelvic region. It is one piece of protection that you must not ignore and nobody should bat without.

3. Arm guards – As the name suggests, the arm guard safeguard the leading arm when a batsmen is at the crease and specifically the forearms of the player. Even when you pay indoors in the nets, its a good idea to use an armguard.

4. Batting Gloves – Or shall we say, battling gloves! On the cricket pitch, broken fingers are common injuries. Also, the bottom hand is at the risk of injury when the ball bounces sharply off the pitch. With a good pair of batting gloves, you can avoid hand injuries and continue flicking the ball with confidence.

5. Batting pads – On the cricket pitch, the lower parts of the legs, especially knees and shins are likely to get hit by the ball. Batting pads protect these parts from fast-flying leather balls.

6. Chest guards – It is only recently that the importance of chest guards on the cricket pitch has been recognised. Short balls can hit the upper body of the player and even break a rib. So, it is advisable to wear a chest guard to the cricket pitch.

7. Cricket helmets – Without the cricket helmet, the head and face are exposed to unacceptable levels of risk from fast-paced deliveries and miscued shots off the bat. So, make sure that you include a sturdy cricket helmet in your list of cricket essentials. Stem Guards are now also available for all brands of helmet and these help to provide extra protection to the back area of the neck.

8. Wicket keeping gloves & inners – An excellent catch or a broken hand? Thats what your wicket keeping gloves or inners will determine for you. Wicket keeping gloves & inners protect the lining of your palm, the palm area, fingers and cuff from injuries while catching the ball.

9. Wicket keeping pads – Wicket keeping pads will help you remain concentrated on catching the ball or stumping the batsman, without having to bother about getting injured from the ball on the cricket pitch.

The good news is that you buy all 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. So, complete your cricket kit and play your game with confidence and peace of mind.

Cricket Clothing Essentials 101

The right clothing on the cricket pitch can have a positive influence on your game, while wrong clothing can ruin it. When your clothes are comfortable and allow flexibility, you will be able to have better control over your game, as opposed to wearing clothes which do not fit well or restrict movement. Thus, investing in good cricket clothing will augment your game on the pitch. Here’s all that you need to complete your cricketer look –

1. Cricket Shirts – Cricket shirts are collared t-shirts, or what we more commonly call polo shirts. The shirts are usually made of a soft fabric such as cotton. A good cricket shirt should wick away the sweat and keep the player dry.

2. Cricket trousers – Cricket trousers should fit well at the waist and allow vigorous leg movement. In addition, they should be robust enough to handle bodily movement without ripping. Trousers in woven polyester are durable as well as comfortable.

3. Sweaters – Do not forget to put on a good sweater when the days get parky. A quintessential cricket sweater is V-necked, cricket cream in colour, and it may or may not have a coloured trim at the neck. Fleece style sweaters are now becoming increasingly popular.

4. Baselayers – Baselayers are a layer of clothing which are worn next to the skin or close to the skin. The idea is that they should fit the body snugly. These include shirts, leggings, shorts, vests, etc.

5. Cricket Shoes – Your choice of cricket shoes will depend on what role are you playing on the pitch. If you are a batsman, half spike shoes will help you move effortlessly. If you are bowler, you should opt for full spike shoes because they will help you maintain a firm grip on the ground. Shoes with rubber studs on the soles work best for playing on hard grounds as they offer greater mobility to the player, while shoes with spikes are more suited for soft grounds as they prevent players from slipping on the ground by providing a firm grip.

6. Socks – When choosing cricket socks, make sure that they are made of a soft and breathable fabric and have good cushioning to ensure comfort to the feet. A good cricket quality sock is essential. Avoid playing in ordinary sports socks.

VKS offers premium quality cricket clothing from the best known brands at affordable prices. We have cricket shirts, cricket trousers, cricket shoes, sweaters, baselayers, socks, caps and hats and teamwear in a variety of designs and sizes. Shop in-store or order with us online for completing your cricket kit.