Cricket Bat Care Guide: How to take care of your cricket bat?

A cricket bat is meant to be treated with delicacy and class. The on-field hard-hitting must be balanced with off-field care. There are many ways through which your cricket bat can be treated significantly. Remember, the more you look after your bat, the more it will repay during those crucial matches

Method 1: Applying Scuff Sheet On Bat before usage

Applying anti scuff sheet on cricket bat
It is extremely important to apply a protective layer of Scuff sheet to your new cricket bat. This will prevent the chipping of the wood and add strength for future use. A scuff sheet is essential for both the edges and the face of the bat for protection against repeated ball impact. 
Some heavy-hitting innings may cause frontal damage to your cricket bat, but if you use these sheets, you won't have to worry.  Mistimed cross-batted shots frequently cause damage to the edges. The scuff sheet comes to the rescue by providing additional protection.
Note - Knocking a bat before applying a scuff is not advised.

ZAP provides a perfect length(130MM * 65 MM) of Scuff Sheet. The  Scuff sheet  is made from high-quality fiber-glass tape running along the side to protect your new bat from any damage.

Important note- ZAP’s unique 1 year extended cricket bat warranty will apply once you have added a scuff sheet to your new cricket bat before serious knocking.

Read the full terms and conditions of the extended warranty scheme here

Method 2: Knocking your cricket bat properly

How to knock in your cricket bat? 

A. Mallet Hitting

Knocking of the bat with a mallet

The classical way of preparing your newly purchased bat for a hard-hitting knock involves a mallet. Mallet is hammer-shaped wooden equipment meant to strike the surface with force.

The process is simple and practical. Here are the following steps:

  1. Knock your bat with a mallet in such a way that it strikes the middle of your ZAP bat. Neat strikes are recommended. 
  2. After a while, the bat will have a dent in the middle. This dent is not worrisome but a good sign of progress. 
  3. You will notice that the surface surrounding the middle portion is not level and the dent looks deeper than the rest. All you need to do is just level out the surface with equal strength of mallet strikes. Once done, your bat will look finer in the middle and more in symmetry.
  4. Repeat the process with the edges of the bat and notice that the sound of mallet strike is the same throughout the surface. 
  5. The compression of the willow allows for a smoother surface and even smoother contact. Hence the term middle with perfection.

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B. Knocking with an old cricket ball

Knocking a new cricket bat using old ball wrapped in a sock
1. Use an old cricket leather ball and wrap it inside a sock completely
2. Start by striking the ball on the lower middle portion of the bat. Make sure that the ball strikes neatly and produces a thumping sound.
3. Just like in the case of the mallet, steadily start reaching for the uneven surfaces of the bat.
4. Once the frontal surface is done, you can aim for edges and carry out a similar process.

    Suggestions

    You should knock a new bat for at least 6 hours.

    Make sure that mallet strikes are limited to the middle and edge only. There is no need to knock the bottom part of your bat. Plus, the process of completely knocking a new bat is essential for availing ZAP’s exclusive one-year warranty.

    It can be done in either of the two ways:

    1. Knocking the bat in a single sitting for six hours.
    2. Knocking your new bat for one hour continuously for six days.

    Do not use a new leather ball for knocking your bat. A new ball is hard and can cause significant damage to the surface of the new bat.

    Note - There is no need to knock your old bat because it already has open strokes.

    Method 3: Oiling your bat

    Applying Linseed oil on the batOiling the bat is one of the most crucial process of bat preparation. 
    This method is only required for old bats or if the wood of your bat starts to become dry. The logic behind oiling your bat involves strengthening willow fibers and aiding the force of interlock. This not only keeps your bat in a brand new condition but also helps to preserve the power. 

    If you have already applied scuff sheet and you notice that the wood of the bat is getting dry, then remove the old/worn-out scuff sheet and apply oil to the bat.

    There are many varieties of oils that you can try but we will recommend Linseed oil to go with the process.

    It is critical that the bat receives sufficient oil to prevent cracking and splitting. It is, however, equally important that you do not use too much oil. This is often more harmful, because the added wetness can throw the bat's weight balance off. It can also cause the bat to decay, rendering it completely unusable!. Generally, a total of 2-3 initial coats are sufficient & one coat in every 8-12 weeks is advised.

    Rubbing the oil using microfibre bat cloth

    Steps to oil the bat in the right fashion are as follows :

    1. With the help of a cloth or paintbrush, gently apply raw linseed oil on the frontal surface of the bat. Although oiling the back is not necessary.
    2. Spread the oil evenly throughout the entire surface area with the cloth. Apply a tiny layer of oil to all of the bat's uncovered regions. The targeted areas for applying oil should be the Middle, edge, and toe.
    3. By standing the bat upright, you can be sure you haven't used too much oil. If you can see the oil dripping down the bat's face, you've applied too much. Wipe away the excess oil with the cloth.
    4. Once applied, leave it to soak the oil completely for approximately 12 hours while keeping the bat in a horizontal position or as long as it take to completely dry out.
    5. After some time, use another cloth to completely dry out your bat.

    If you follow these steps, then your bat will be ready for some genuine stroke play.

    Note - On the face of some cricket bats, as may have see protective covers known as scuff sheets are fitted. It is not required to apply oil to that area if your bat has one of these. Instead, simply apply the oil to all of the other exposed locations described in the preceding steps.

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    Method 4: Storing your bat properly

    Storing a cricket bat in a bat coverSomething as simple as resting the bat horizontally has long-lasting effects. If you ever come across a dressing room or gear storage, you’ll notice that all the bats are kept horizontally in a cool or dry space.
    This process is done to improve the shelf life of the bat which if kept casually may lead to warping out of the wood. This method is essential for both your new and old cricket bats.
    In the off-season of cricket, you'll need to store your bat somewhere, and the best spot to do so is somewhere with a consistent cool temperature that's neither too dry nor too humid (if too dry the bat can become flaky but if too humid the bat could become rotted). A shed or a storage area would be ideal.

    Method 5: Bat Grip is the key

    Applying a new grip on a cricket bat

    One of the most common issues with a cricket bat is the grip. Over a while, it can get loose or completely worn out. A good grip and well-conditioned handle reflect flawless wristwork.

    Make sure that the original grip is tight enough and well-positioned. Depending on your match schedules, you’ll need to change grips or tighten them. This will allow for a seamless bat flow with some classy wristwork.

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    These methods will help you to keep the bat in a significant state over time. We at ZAP Cricket believe in quality products that push the sportsperson in you to reach new heights. We have got you covered from cricket kits to powerful English willow bats. 

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