The emasculation of cricket

In the old days, cricket was hardcore and hairy. We examine how it became its current metrosexual version.




NEW BAT TECHNOLOGIES

Short boundaries and flat wickets combined with new-age sticks have empowered batsmen like never before. Earlier, batsmen needed real strength and timing to clear long boundaries with lightweight sticks. Now, modern bats have thick edges and enhanced sweet spots. They pick up better and vibrate less. The result: the ball travels longer off the bat.

These days, a well-struck shot goes several rows back into the stands. But even poorly-timed hits and edges carry all the way. Remember the wimpy, slightly-built tail-ender who couldn’t hit a big one if his life depended on it? He’s history.

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