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David's Mace

Sachin's short height compounds the problem of the heavy bat

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The average weight of a bat is around 2 pound 6 ounces to 2 pound 8 ounces. There are a handful of cricketers who have deviated from this norm by using a heavy bat, some names which readily come to mind are: Graeme Pollock, Clive Lloyd, Vivian Richards, Lance Klusener and of course, our own Sachin Tendulkar. All of them are, incidentally, powerful strikers of the ball which has something to do with the weight of the bat. Further, as can be revealed from the adjacent graph, Tendulkar is the shortest in height but uses the heaviest bat of them all. Does this have a side-effect on his back problem?

On the other end of the scale, former Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin uses a very light bat, and thus can play highly effective shots with a delectable flick of his wrists. Therefore, the dexterity of his strokeplay has a quality that even Sachin cannot match. Sachin Tendulkar is primarily a driver and puller of the ball, and thus cannot replicate Azhar's dexterity.

The graph above gives a comparison of the weight of bats used by those in international cricket who prefer the heavy willow.

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