Sportsmart Director Gerrard Woods speaks to Gray-Nicolls’ chief bat maker and the designer of the DUAL T20 cricket bat, Stuart Kranzbuhler.
Q. What made you think of creating this cricket bat?
It came about because first class and international cricketers were using the back of conventional-shaped cricket bats to play reverse paddle shots. It made it a high risk shot because of the spine on the back of the bat, let alone the damage that was occurring because the bat was not pressed on the back.
Q. How is it made?
We looked at which areas the players were hitting on the back of the cricket bat and found it was mainly the bottom 8–10 inches. We then gradually pressed the back of the bat after it was already made until it had a flat area 10 inches long. It does not compromise the power in the traditional face because no willow has been removed from the back so the density is still the same.
Q. What type of player would benefit from using the DUAL T20 cricket bat?
The DUAL T20 cricket bat has been developed for players who are inventive and looking to maximise their scoring options.
Q. What kind of shots can be played with it?
All the traditional shots as normal, but this cricket bat opens up the area behind point to the keeper. Using a normal bat all you can really do is guide the ball through this area. Using the DUAL T20, you can punch the ball with plenty of power and accuracy or use it to reverse drive past the keeper. When facing a spinner it will also save you a second or two by not needing to switch hands to reverse sweep. This will give you until the last moment to get into position to play the reverse sweep so the bowler won’t get time to adjust before releasing the ball.