22/05/2009

Mongoose – A Twenty20 bat

Cricket bat manufacturers surely do have a sense of humor. Otherwise, why will they go name a new bat designed for the Twenty20 game as ‘Mongoose’?

Anyway, this bat has a blade 33% shorter and a handle that is 44% longer than the normal conventional one.

I can understand the thought behind a 44% longer handle, but the justification for a 33 % shorter blade beats me.

Do you have thoughts on the reasoning behind a shorter blade?

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually there are loads of reasons for a shorter blade:

Less resistance through the air, greater bat-head speed, more rigid blade all mean greater hitting power. I know because I used the Mongoose MMi in a net last week and I've never hit the ball better.

The reason is that cutting out wood from the top of the bat means that they've added it to the shorter blade. The blade is shorter but twice as thick, so when you hit something, it goes a very long way.

22/05/2009, 22:26  
Blogger lviss said...

SO THAT EVEN A SNICK CAN CARRY THE BALL FAR I THINK. ANYWAY WHAT DOES IT MATTER.

23/05/2009, 06:46  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Anon,

Thank you very much for the detailed explanation.

Can you elaborate on a few points?

1. How is the bat feel? Is it top heavy?

2. How is the control when you straight drive?

3. With a long handle and a short blade, it is obviously designed for scoops and hitting through the line, but how good is it when you want to keep the ball down - in essence when you roll your wrists?

Would be glad if you could explain.

23/05/2009, 07:08  
Blogger Ottayan said...

lviss,

Going by Anon's explanation, I think the bat is wider and hence the sweet spot is larger.

This bat is designed for playing lofted shots and one happy fall out will be the snicks landing in the stands. :)

Actually, I am all for it.

23/05/2009, 07:11  

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