Cricket equipments inside a Cricket Kit

Published: 08th December 2010
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Cricket is very popular throughout the world. It is a game of bat and ball. Inside a cricket kit you will find various cricket gears. Modern cricket kit has protective wear, apart from cricket clothing, bat and ball. Inside the kit you will find bats, balls, pads, gloves, clothing and protective guards. Based on each player’s specialty (batting/bowling/wicket keeping), emphasis on equipment may be different.


Wicketkeepers use the same normal protective equipment of batsmen but some special equipment it requires are wicketkeeper gloves and pads.  If you compare batsmen and wicketkeeper’s gloves- the latter is larger and less padded. Such types of gloves are meant for catching. If you notice wicketkeepers wear "inside gloves" to reduce friction.

If you notice all cricketers will have basic batting equipments in their kit, Basic cricket equipment includes:

  • Bats:  Wooden bats are cylindrical in shape and are made according to specification of the laws of the game. Usually bats weigh 2 to 3 pounds. It is 4 ¾ inches wide and 22 ½ inches high, with 11-inch handle.

  • Leg pads:  This equipment can protect shin and knees from damage when batting.

  • Batter’s gloves:  Batsmen gloves are more compact and padded when compared to wicketkeeper’s gloves.

  • Red or white balls are made with a base of cork, leather exterior and a seam. Size of the ball should be 5.5 to 5.75 ounces. White cricket balls are used during night games and where flood nights are going to be used. White ball is also used in day games when the match will be one day in duration. Traditional color of the cricket ball is used for most daytime and two-day matches are red. Only one or two balls are used for an entire cricket match, and the shiny side is routinely polished by players.

  • Cricket clothing consists of a polo shirt and long trousers.

  • Cricket kits always have helmets, sun hats or cricket caps. It is not compulsory for batters or close fielders to wear helmets, though advisable. Batters or fielders can wear sun hats and cricket caps for protection against the sun.

  • Fielders have to run on grass or bare foot sometimes. It is important that they wear spiked shoes for increasing traction. Spiked shoes are not compulsory, but some cricketers have to use basic sneakers with adequate traction.

  • Wooden stumps are 28 ½ inches high, with a metal-covered point to get them into the ground. The wicket, when erected, is 9 inches wide and has two balls sitting in grooves on top of the stumps.

  • Batsmen should wear thigh guards, elbow guards, chest guards and arm guards to protect their body from hard cricket ball.

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