Don’t reduce the dimensions but re-shape the bat: Klusner

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Bipin Dani

Observer Correspondent

Mumbai

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has implemented restrictions on the thickness of the edge of the bat and the depth (thickness of the bat), but it will not bring successful results, according to the former South African all-rounder Lance Klusner.
Klusner was one among the five (the others being David Warner, Mathew Hayden (both Australia), Chris Gayle (West Indies) and Sachin Tendulkar (India) popularly known to be using the heavier bats.
Speaking exclusively, Klusner, who was known to be an aggressive batsman, said, “Big 6s come out the middle of the bat so reducing the size of the bat edges to me make no difference. Bat makers may need to reshape / rebalance bats”.
“T20 cricket has forced all batsman to learn the technique if 6 hitting and forced batters to swing harder. Improved fitness /Strength levels of players in general also help in hitting many more boundaries than we have seen in the past”, he added further.
“Sweet-spot is In the middle at the highest point of the ridge of the bat. The better the wood the bigger the sweet spot”, Klusner, 46, who is also the Zimbabwe batting coach, signed off.
In its new Playing Conditions, the ICC has specified : “There are no changes to the permitted width and length of a cricket bat, but the thickness of the edge can be no more than 40mm, and the thickness of the bat must not exceed 67mm at any point. Umpires will have a gauge to check that bats meet the new regulations”.
Interestingly, David Warner has gone back to use his earlier sized bat. On Thursday, he batted successfully against India (at Bangalore’s M.Chinnaswamy Stadium) in his 100th ODI.
His score included number of boundaries in fours and sixes.
He had started using the normal-sized bats since last Bangladesh tour.