KNOCKING IN YOUR CRICKET BAT
Cricket bat knocking is a process of removing the moisture inside your bat. It ensures the edges are sharp and the blade is straight to make it easier to play.
How to knock a cricket bat?
To get started, you will need a mallet. The mallet is used to knock the edges and toe of the bat, which will help it take shape.
To knock in your cricket bat:
- Tap the bat lightly at 45 degrees. These taps should be firm but not tight.
- Then increase the force until you hear a slight ringing sound instead of a dull thud; This means that the edges have begun to round off slightly, and you should move about an inch to the blade for more force.
- Next, move about an inch away from the edge and hit on both sides for half an hour. Then move to the toe with a flat hit and knock at least 15-20 minutes in that spot. The toe is where you connect with the ball, and it’s also where most of your power comes from when making contact with a cricket ball.
- Moving to the middle of the bat with a flat hit will give a hollow sound; this means you have done it!
- Now that you are done knocking your bat, apply an anti-scuff sheet and fiber tape to it. This will help prevent damage to your bat and give it extra protection.
The anti-scuff sheet is a thin plastic film that goes on the top of the bat and has an adhesive backing so it sticks securely to the surface. It provides a protective layer between your blade and any hard materials in play when playing cricket