The hard-hitting Mahendra Singh Dhoni might be seen wielding a purple, red or yellow bat in the near future.
World cricket has previously witnessed stars Mitchell Johnson, Aiden Blizzard, Chris Gayle and Andre Russeell use an orange, green, gold and pink bat, respectively – and it’s not unlikely Dhoni will follow a similar suit in next year’s Indian Premier League.
“The coloured bat is allowed in T20 franchise competitions around the world. Cricket Australia have allowed it with the colours to be the same majority as clubs – Sydney Thunder are black and green so we can have either a full green bat or black bat,” said renowned bat manufacturer representative Cameron Merchant.
“We originally came up with the idea with Gayle with the original coloured bat of the golden bat. We thought how can we make the game even more exciting and appealing for the fans and kids and make them smile. If it gets kids enjoying the game and participating in cricket then we are happy.
“We are unsure how Russell’s bat had marks on the ball but we have gone to precautionary measures and quality control to make sure that it is completely covered so that at no time will the ball come in contact with any colour.
Regardless of his weapon of choice’s colour, the right-handed Dhoni will likely have to change its size, according imminent new rules – and detailed within Gray-Nicolls batmaker Chris Kings’ talk with Betway Insider. The MCC – the game’s law makers – are currently cracking down on the dimensions of bats. The likes of Gayle and Australia’s David Warner, in particular, will be heavily affected.
International cricket’s leading run-scorer and former Indian captain Sachin Tendulkar used quite a heavy willow during his playing days, and, in his 2014 autobiography, ‘Playing My Way’, wrote: “I used a pretty heavy bat and I was sometimes encouraged to move to a lighter one. Again, I did try but I never felt comfortable, as my whole bat swing depended on that weight.
“If you make technical adjustments, such as moving to a lighter bat, to cope with different conditions, there’s a risk of making yourself feel uncomfortable and of thinking too much about your technique. To me the bat should be an extension of your arm, and if you’ve reached the stage where it’s become an extension of your arm, why do you need to change?”