Tiwary to try out double-sided bat in IPL

Bengal and Delhi Daredevils batsman Manoj Tiwary is mulling over using a double-sided bat in the second edition of the Indian Premier League...

Kolkata | Published:March 29, 2009 11:19 pm

Bengal and Delhi Daredevils batsman Manoj Tiwary is mulling over using a double-sided bat in the second edition of the Indian Premier League,which gets underway in South Africa from April 18.

If he sticks to the plan,Tiwary may become the first Indian batsman to experiment with the new product. Coincidentally,another Daredevils player,Australian David Warner,had used one such willow in the domestic Twenty20 tournament Down Under earlier this year. “I have already ordered the bat and will try it out in the nets. If I feel comfortable,I’ll play with it,” Tiwary told The Sunday Express.

“The sweep — both conventional and reverse — is my main scoring shot against the spinners. I think the bat will enable me to hit the reverse sweep with more power and precision. Also,the bat makes the switch-hit a very potent option,” he added.

The Bengal lad was recently advised by his Meerut-based bat manufacturer Matrix to use the product. “They told me to give it a try in the IPL. Accordingly,I have placed the order and expecting to get them in a couple of days’ time,” Tiwary said.

“I am yet to see the bat,but from what I’ve heard,it is light,about 1380 grams and is about 10 millimetres thinner than the normal willow,” he said.

But in a fromat,where power-hitting has become the need of the hour,can a lighter bat be more effective?

“I have to check it out. The manufacturers claim they have made it without compromising on the hitting power from the front. In any case,it’s not about the weight,rather it’s about having more sweet spots,” Tiwary explained.

The bat is the brainchild of Stuart Kranzbuhler,an Aussie who has designed it to enable batsmen reach forward and “lap it up” over their shoulders to the unmanned boundary behind first slip.

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