A cricket bat's rubber grip will never last as long as the bat. Even one long session, producing more than 50 runs and lasting two or three hours, might wear out a grip.The grips vary in thickness and consistency. They come in bright colours as well as the traditional black and red. The Web is a good place to shop for new grips. They are very cheap; postage is likely to be more than the cost of the grip.
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Things you need
- New grip
- Talcum powder
- Gripping cone
- Squid rods and rings
- Electrical tape
Assemble your equipment, the gripping cone and the new grip. The gripping cone is a piece of wood 10 cm (4 inches) longer than the handle. The top is narrower than the bat handle, and the end -- a metal cup -- is wider and fits over the top of the bat handle. Remove the old grip and dust the bare handle with talcum powder.
Put the new grip on the cone, with surface facing outward. Roll the grip up from the bottom until it is completely rolled-up, doughnut-shaped.
Take it off the cone, turn it upside-down and put the grip back on the cone. Roll it to the bottom of the cone.
Put the cone over the bat handle and roll the grip down the handle. Some rubber will still hang over. Hold the bat firmly and tap the grip down until it is in place.
Secure the bottom of the grip to the bat's shoulder with electrical tape.
Use the device called a Squid, which operates very differently from the gripping cone. Instead of rolling the grip, on it is pulled and slid on with six rods and rings that work with a plastic cone cylinder.
Put the cylinder onto the rods and insert the rods into the six holes, with the rings at the end of the rods sticking out below.
Slip the new grip gently onto the top of the cylinder. Put the whole device onto the top of the bat handle with the rings downward. Make sure it is secure on the bat, pushing down with your hand if necessary.
Take all six rings in your fingers, three in each hand with the bat between them. Pull the rings down with a firm, steady action, to make the grip slide onto the bat.
Take out the rods one by one and secure with electrical tape.
Tips and warnings
- Dust the handle with talcum powder before applying the new grip.
- A leading cricket bat manufacturer, Gunn & Moore, has developed a vacuum applicator, which stretches the grip.
- Some cricketers do not buy a cone but use a broom handle to roll the grip up and transfer the rolled-up grip to the bat handle.
- The pointed end of a stump, covered with duct tape, is another substitute for the gripping cone.
- Take care not to trap your fingers when the rolled-up grip comes off the cone and goes onto the handle.
- Do not hold the handle as you remove the Squid's rods.