The making of cricket bats

The cricket bats, which look like a wooden club, are the combination of a number of pieces of wood in a clear-cut way so that the whole thing  works out in the right way. It is for hitting the cricket ball. If the bat is made in the right way, the ball travels 200 yards in 4 seconds.

Let’s look  at what goes into building up these cherished pieces of wood.

The pictures of the past album suggest that the form and figure of the cricket bat has not been much altered. It remains almost same.


Every cricket fan is familiar with the phrase “the sound of leather on willow”. Here   “leather”  is the cricket ball made of leather and the willow is the cricket bats made of  willow trees native to Europe, Central and Western Asia.

This wood, though lighter in weight, tougher in resisting shock. It means it can manage the impact of high cricket ball without breakage. The cricket coaches  should know the facts well to train the players in their Cricket Coaching Camp. 

Method of making Cricket bat step by step

The step-by-step process involved in creating one of these sturdy pieces of sports equipment.

The making of the cricket bat is done through the following steps:

  • A willow tree trunk  is shaped into  cricket bat-shaped chunks, and then their ends are dipped into wax and dried in air up to a year. Now they are shaped into a more familiar-looking bat shape.
  • After that, the bat shaped chunks are graded and given the desired shape of a bat. This gradation is done by the master craftsman.  The Criteria of gradation includes,  the straightness and the width of the grain, without any blemishes.  It is important to note that, a Grade 1 bat might have excellent look, but it is not guaranteed that it will play better than an inferior quality.
  • Then the bat runs through the subsequent process of pressing  where  it is slowly compacted into shape using a machine.
  • The blade is then joined at the top and a handle is attached. It is the key to provide the bat springlike capability.
  • Soon after the shoulders are cut out, the fine  specification is done to the  timber manually, for example,  filing the needless pieces,  rounding off the toe etc.
  • After sanding down the edges, the bat is shined by a bee’s wax compound to keep it out of moisture so that the linseed oil gets in.
  • The handle is now bound by rubber grip or string or by the manufacturer stickers etc.

Though many of the variations in design have emerged over the period of time, the basic made and material  remains  constant. It will be motivating to observe if any changes would happen to makeup of cricket bats anytime anywhere.

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