Why should you buy a Professional Kashmir Willow Cricket Bat Online from Kashmirica?
Kashmir is known for producing high-quality cricket bats all across the globe. However, most of the bats produced in Kashmir are later branded by big brands and sold at expensive rates. Since at Kashmirica, it is our mission to bring the most exclusive products from Kashmir to the Global Cannossier, we thought it was important to help the global cricket lover to get access to Professional Quality Cricket Bats from Kashmir.
Not just that, most of the people associated with Kashmirica are crazy about the game of cricket, just as it is in the subcontinent. So, we partnered with the most traditional bat makers with the best legacy in the industry and a veteran cricket player from the valley to help us stock the finest of bats for our patrons. Not just that, we made sure that the bats remain affordable and high in quality.
Origin of Bat Making in Kashmir
Bat making in Kashmir started in the colonial era when the British had taken over most of Hindustan. Upon seeing a similarity in the weather conditions of Kashmir and England, some of the saplings of English Willow trees were transported via the sea route. Soon the saplings turned into trees and the texture of the wood obtained from those grown in Kashmir was almost identical to its British counterpart.
Although Kashmir Willow was a bit heavier due to the higher temperatures of the valley, it was a lot more durable than the lighter English Willow. So, with this, 100s of artisans learned the craft of bat making, and an entire industry was initiated.
Why buy Hangul Cricket Bats from Kashmirica?
Hangul cricket bats sold by Kashmirica are made from the finest quality Kashmir Willow, otherwise known as Grade 1 Kashmir Willow. Hangul Cricket Bats are lightweight and durable and have been hand-picked by a veteran cricket player.
Bats made for Kashmirica in the valley of Kashmir are a lot durable and last for several seasons without a lot of maintenance. All Hangul bats are hard-pressed and are ready to play with a very minimal amount of knocking required. Apart from that, anyone who requires a fully knocked bat can write to us at the time of ordering. However, the time taken to knock in a Kashmir Willow Cricket bat is around 7 days.
Our premium quality fine cricket bats weigh from 1200 – 1250 grams and as such are lightweight. Due to higher durability, these bats are perfect to develop new shots and can be extensively used in nets for long sessions.
The handle of these bats has a high degree of shock absorption which ensures that you concentrate on the great feel of hitting the cricket ball as hard as you want without getting a shock. Our Kashmir Willow Cricket Bats are available both in the long-handle and short-handle variations.
Kashmir Willow Vs English Willow
We have read and heard countless analyses of the Profesional Cricket Bats from Kashmir Willow and English Willow and different experts have different takes on it. Kashmir Willow Bats are a bit heavier than those made of English Willow, but at the same time are extremely durable. They are your best bet to play with inside nets for a professional cricketer. For a hobbyist cricketer, Kashmir Willow is great because it will last for many seasons and he can spend his spare money on other things.
Also, if data is to be believed, there is no evidence that English Willow bats are any better than Kashmir Willow bats. The lesser density of English Willow bats makes them softer and thus more prone to getting broken, especially if they are not knocked in properly.
Did you Know a Cricket Bat FACT?
Kashmir Willow cricket bats and English Willow bats are made of the same type of tree ie Salix Alba Caerulea. Research suggests that this tree when grown in Kashmir has a different structural makeup than the tree grown in England due to the variance in moisture level and environmental conditions. And that leads to a variation in the quality of cricket bats based on what kind of wood a bat is made out of.
It is only the difference in marketing budgets of manufacturers of cricket bats that a ‘folklore’ has been seen as a fact today.
Players who Played with Kashmir Willow Cricket Bats
Countless players have played with Kashmir Willow Cricket bats and this should not come as a surprise. Top international batsmen such as Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Vivian Richards, and Yuvraj Singh are among the elite group of international batsmen who have used Kashmir Willow bats.
Price of Kashmir Willow Bats
Depending on the quality of the wood used and the labor incurred on making a Kashmir Willow bat, its price will vary. Generally speaking, a low-quality Kashmir Willow bat may cost somewhere between 800-1800 depending on the brand that sells it. At the same time, a fine quality professional cricket bat would range anywhere between 3000 – 6000. This when compared to the price of an English Willow bat is just peanuts. A decent quality English Willow bat will cost somewhere between 12000 – 25000.
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Why should you not buy an English Willow Cricket Bat?
Most of the English Willow cricket bats on the market are made in India and come from imported blanks. It’s not possible to tell which ones are genuine. Especially when it is known that Grade 1 Kashmir Willow does not look much different from a lower grade English willow bat.
So, buying an English willow cricket bat is a faith-based decision. You’re asking the brand to not inflate their supply by sourcing blank bats in India as well as England, when they could potentially do it at higher quantities for less cost. The risk of substitutes being used should be a major hurdle for younger crickets buying lower-quality bats at inflated prices.