We’ve split the entire discussion on cricket equipment into three major sub-categories- Clothing, Gameplay equipment and Protective wears.
Hope it will be your complete guideline to get a detailed idea on all sort of cricket equipment and they're regarding the purpose of use.
Apart from the identification of Team or Country, there are many other purposes for which players have to wear special dressings and clothing equipment. Let’s get known to them to an ascending order of importance-
As body wears, most of the Cricket jerseys are polo-shirt nowadays. Depending on the weather, both short sleeved and ling-sleeved polos are in use. If the game takes place in winter, players also put on woolen jumpers or vests.
Along with the shirt, a long trousers and footwears are equipped with the players. The color of both polo shirt and trouser depends on the team/nation/type of games.
We all have seen to wear the all-white jersey in test matches. In limited over international matches, players wear jerseys of their team. And in franchise cricket, the team d decided the design and colors of the jersey.
In cricket, there are two types of footwears that players tend to use- Cricket shoes with a rubber sole (dimpled) and Cricket shoes with spikes.
In junior or local cricket, where the pitch itself is artificial, rubber shoes are okay to go. On the contrary, in the professional cricket, where hardball is used in the game. Also, for fast ballers, using a spiked shoe provides additional grip in wet grasses.
Equipment for Gameplay
You’ve heard about street crickets that take place in almost every city in the world. A couple of stamps, a bat, a ball and a few curious young minds- that’s all required to take the fun to the optimum level.
But things are a little bit different in the professional era of cricket. Apart from the ball and bat, a lot more gears are required to play the game. Here is the list of professional cricket playing equipment-
Balls are the most crucial kit of the game that affects every turn of the game. So, there are certain international rules that control the manufacturing and materialistic of cricket balls. Necessarily, all of the international matches are played of such balls that are recognized by the rule book.
Profession cricket balls are made of a cork base, wrapped with twine and finally, covered with leather. Balls are of one of these three colors- red, white and pink. Its circumference would be 9.1 inches (23 centimeters).
A wooden bat is used as the gameplay gear of the batsmen. Usually, it’s made of wither Willow or Kashmir tree. Regarding length, the bat can’t be more that 38n inches (96.5 cm) in length, and 4.25(10.8 cm) in width.
The handle of the bat plays an important rule when it comes to batsmen capability to hit the ball. So, the standard of the handle had changed from times to time.
The stamp is something that decides whether the batsmen are out of the game or not. So, necessarily, it bears certain value to the game.
Three upright sticks made of wood, combined with a pair of bails form a set of stamps. In a game, two set of stamps is required.
As mentioned earlier, bails are those part of the stump that stays at the top of the stump sticks. A wicket is taken or not, is decided by the fall of bails.
From the fall of bails, it gives an easy scope to the umpires to decide whether a wicket has been taken or not.
Sometimes we all have noticed a black screen aligned with the width of the pitch and located right behind the boundary line. What is that for?
Well, that’s called the sight screen regarding cricket, and it carries much importance. It allows the batsman to have a clearer vision of the ball’s movement.
A boundary rope is placed along with the circumference of the entire cricket field. It indicates the perimeter of the field and defines the distance to score a Four or Six.
Safety and Protective Wears
It’s one of e the most crucial protective gear that cricketers have to wear. History had seen several occurrences where a silly injury on the head leads to even death!
However, in this game, cricketers must have to be concerned about protecting the head from any injury. Both batsmen and keepers wear a helmet which is made of mixing metal and hard plastic. To protect the face, there is a metallic grill embedded at the front end of the helmet.
To keep the helmet stick to the head, a rubber belt is fabricated inside the helmet.
Gloves are a part of the protection for the players which is meant to protect player’s hands and fingers. Being made of cloth and leather, gloves can protect the fingers from even fastest of the deliveries.
In cricket, we notice two kinds of gloves that players use- Gloves for the keeper and Gloves for the batsman. Although both of the gloves pairs are up to the same service, there are certain differences between these two types of gloves.
A batsman’s gloves are softer and smaller at the outer part. It helps the batsman to hold the bat firmly. On the other hand, keeper’s glove is harder and sturdier. Because it has to be in such a way that even fastest of the deliveries can’t reach pain or injury to keeper’s fingers.
The glove is about to save the fingers and hands from injuries. But what about protecting the legs?
Well, there are other types of protective wears named as Pads that both keeper and batsman wear on lower limb of their legs. The front part of the pads are made of hard plastic or wood sticks. And the rear side of it is made of softer materials so that it feels comfortably on the legs.
Again, there are certain differences between the batsman’s pads and keeper’s pad. Keeper’s pads are little shorter and sometimes are made of softer materials.
Sometimes, fielders at the Slip positions also wear pads for protection.
The Abdo Guard
The Abdo guard is also known as the box, and it’s on duty to protect the delicate area between legs. In most of the professional cricket around the wear, it’s a must to wear an Abdo when the game takes place in hardballs.
A cricket ball delivers hitting the thigh is extremely painful for any adult. Therefore, it’s important that you wear on something when you're in a cricket game.
The gear that’s used to protect the thigh is called the thigh pad.
Two types of thigh pads we’ve noticed in the era of cricket. First one- the old fashioned plain thigh pad, and the second one- the all-protective inner and outer thigh pad.
In today, the second type of thigh pad is extremely popular and we also strongly recommend one of them to put on.
These five gears that we’ve mentioned before are the basic safety concerns that players have to maintain. But in international cricket, there are some other types of guards that players use to protect their limbs from injury.
The Chest guard, abdominal guards, wrist bands- are some of those additional safety kits.
To be noted- not all the players are allowed to wear all of the safety guards in the game. Most of the protective guards are only reserved for the batsmen and the keeper.
The Bottom Line
We all are in love with cricket, and so do the professional players themselves. But whether they’re in the field and fighting for their own team/country, the game itself has to make sure their optimum protection. Therefore, there are international rules of putting on certain number of specialized clothing and safety kits.
We believe you are on the way to dive deeper into the game. Thus, our advice would be acquired ample knowledge on all of the cricket equipment in the game. With this detailed guide on the topic, you can have a pretty smart kick start of the concern.
Best of the wishes!