ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is round the corner and as a cricket-crazy nation every Indian cricket fan anticipates that India will redo the magic of 1983 and will lift the world cup this time.
Every world cup held left some memorable moments with us. Kapil Dev running backwards to take a great catch to dismiss Vivian Richards in 1983, Ajay Jadeja hitting Pakistani pacer Waquar Younis for as many as 40 runs in two successive overs, Venkatesh Prasad dismissing Aamir Sohail in the very next ball after Aamir Sohail sledged him in 1996 and Adam Gilchrist’s batting glove controversy, where he used a half cut squash ball in his batting gloves to improve batting grip in the final of cricket world cup 2007, are some of them.
As cricket nowadays is all about hard hitting, many would agree that gripping the cricket bat using conventional glove is not efficient as much as many players would like it to be. So, in a quick search I found a patented invention which can improve gripping of cricket bat and it is provided hereunder for your perusal.
In order to improve the gripping of bat, inventor BRADY invented “Manual Aid mountable to a hand held device or to Apparel” and filed for a patent (WO 2010/118460 A1) in the year 2010. Normally, the player will tend to lose his grip with the bat when he hits a ball because of the impact of the ball on the bat. So in order to overcome this and to provide a better gripping, inventor Brady used a deformable proturberance/substance which is capable of interacting with a selected portion of a user’s hand to modify the grip of the user’s hand with the cricket bat. So that, while hitting a ball the deformable proturberance will act as a shock absorber which reduces or minimizes jarring of a user’s hand. I think this is the secret behind Gilchrist’s big hitting and scoring so many runs in the 2007 world cup.
I wish Indian cricket team very best for the World Cup 2011.
GO INDIA GO!!!!
Authored by Nirmal
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