Cricket has been one of the most prominent games of the world for an odd 400 years
now. The history of the game comes back from the 16th century. World’s 2nd most
popular game has undergone an immense evolution in terms of game format, rules &
regulations & equipment used. Here’s a list of Top 5 Equipment that have been evolved
over the time as per the need of the hour.
Flashing Bails & Stumps
Bails & Stumps are like the tyres to the car of cricket. They play the most important role
in conduction of each & every game. As we all know that this pair is one of the main
components in marking a fall of wicket. But later, down the line as the game progressed
over years, with immense technology grounding its roots to every aspect of the game, it
did here. To have a better hold on the umpire’s decision making, lightning bails &
stumps came to play. Zing is one of the most popular OEM’s that make such flash
bailes & wickets which contains a microprocessor in bail which detects them have
become dislodged from the stump grooves, it lights up within 1/1000th of a second.
Another contemporary & powerful cricket bat invention ideal for T20 is Mongoose Bat.
This new style bat design is actually a short blade and Long handle, which gives a
brutal combo of sheer power and speed with a unique technology and giant spectrum of
hitting the cricket ball to great distances. Mathew Hayden used one of these in the 2010
IPL season from Chennai Super Kings dug out. While the bat design could not impress
the board members and could not successfully make its mark to the rulebook and
hence, ended up being banned from the game format.
Pink Leather Ball
Test cricket has been the foundation of Cricket as a game and is still considered to be
the most challenging & engaging form. By the advancement in time & technology, Test
cricket has reached a stage where we can get to experience games even at night.
Adding to all this, another fascinating alternation took place by adding Pink Ball to play
in the place of Red Ball. As per the claim, this pink ball behaves just like red cherry but
is only pink enough to be brighter than the red one at night.
Umpire Shield Cricket
As T20 format is gaining popularity among the world, the game itself is getting fierce
day by day. The more fast pace game, the more people on the ground are prone to injuries. Hence, the umpires on the ground have taken a step towards their safety. This
is called a Protective Shield which they wear wrapping around their arms.This step was
taken after the Australian umpire John Ward got hit straight on the head and got
hospitalised during umpiring in a match, in India. This shield is made up of a strong
translucent fibre-plastic. Being light weight it is easy to guard self as a quick reflex to
defend from a bullet speed ball.
Helmet Neck Protection
The death of Australian cricketer Philip Hughes getting hit on the back of his head while
facing a bouncer was not only mourned by the world but also taken as an alert towards
strengthening safety measures while playing cricket. This gave birth to the idea of
adding another small bracket of protection at the back of the helmet to save such
incidents from happening again. This guard is a very strong plastic & foam that can
minimize or damp the effect of a high pace bouncer at the back of neck.
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