The fierce batsmen on the cricket field pose as nothing less than warriors. The bats they use to annihilate the attempts of bowlers are their armor which speak of their skills and glorious wins. However, time brings changes and the batsmen give up old armor for new.
The new Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) guidelines issued in March have limited the thickness for bats to 40mm, according to a report in Times of India. The new revised rule will come into force from October. This means that MS Dhoni will have to replace his present 45mm bat with the one adhering to the rules.
Dhoni is counted among the cricketers who use some of the heaviest bats with a total weight between 1250g to 1300g. Large bats are believed to give an advantage to batsmen over bowlers. Other international cricketers such as Chris Gayle, David Warner, and Kieron Pollard are known to use heavier bats with 50mm thickness.
Talking about the captains, team India’s Virat Kohli, South Africa’s AB de Villiers, and Steven Smith of Australia use bats sized under 40mm. Other Indian players such as KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteswar Pujara and Rishabh Pant play with bats similar to captain Virat Kohli’s.
The changing of bats will require formulating a new strategy to hit the ball. As team India is gearing up for the next series with Sri Lanka for 3 Tests, 5 One Day Internationals and one-off Twenty20 match, if Dhoni doesn’t change his bat now, then he will have to by the end of this series anyway.
It is notable that Pollard switched his bat during his performance in the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In fact, earlier this year, during the IPL matches, Pollard had stated that waiting till October makes no sense to him. Another rule also limits bats to 108mm in width and 67mm in depth, apart from the 40mm edges.