Indo-Pak cricket match is round the corner and as a cricket-crazy nation every Indian cricket fan anticipates that again India will show the magic of 1983 and will lift the world cup this time.
US4186923 – Cricket bat- This invention related with the extension of the sweet spot of the blade of a cricket bat. The thickness of the blade at near the sweet spot is greater than the thickness at any other part of the blade.
WO2010118460A1 – Bat’s grip- To improve the better gripping of bat, inventor Brady used a deformable substance which is capable of interacting with a selected portion of a user’s hand to modify the grip of the user’s hand with the cricket bat. So that, while hitting a ball the deformable substance will act as a shock absorber which reduces or minimizes shacking of a batsman’s hand.
D475425 -Cricket bat handle- Patent on ornamental designs for a cricket bat handle
WO2009144491 -Mongoose bat– Do you remember Matthew Hayden’s bat in the 2010 version of the IPL.The design of this bat is unusual, the blade is 33% shorter and the handle is 43% longer than a conventional bat.
US5160131– Improving batting skill- Batting practice has traditionally involved either a live pitcher or a pitching machine. In either case a ball is thrown horizontally towards the batter so that he may improve his swing and control. This type of batting practice obviously requires a substantial distance between the pitcher and the batter so that the batter’s performance can be improved through judgment of the speed and direction of the horizontally projected ball. Thus, this type of batting practice requires a field, or at least some distance between the pitching machine and the batter.
GB2073009A– Pad-This Patent titled “Improvements in or relating to leg guards” was granted to Thomas Matthew Caveney and Andrew John Bates in 1981. These pads comprise of 2 layers with outer layer made of plastic material which provides resistant against impact and inner layer provides a resilient padding for the leg of the player. The outer and inner layers can be a non cellular polyethylene or polypropylene and a cellular polyethylene or polypropylenes respectively in the form of a laminate. The pad has upper and lower portions adapted for hinge-like movement in the knee zone of the pad. These pads protect the ankles shins, knees or other parts of the legs of the player.
US3911888 -Bowling machine- The bowling machines allow a batsman to practice alone in an efficient way. A bowling machine provides repetition of the same ball consistently in a certain line, length and speed. This will help a batsman to practice shots against a particular kind of delivery and thereby improve efficiency.
US1624822 -Rain ball- The biggest problem while playing cricket in rain is with the ball. So here is the Patent discloses a method to ensure that the balls do not lose their quality even in wet conditions
US7308860 -Sewing machine for decoratively stitching a cricket ball- The cricket balls are generally manufactured completely by manual process. The machine of the present invention will be particularly useful to provide decorative stitching on hemispherical leather cups prior to assembling them and stitching them to form the cricket ball.
GB2353224A – Cricket pitch- The Patent discloses semi-artificial and/or artificial surfaces for leisure activities such as cricket that may be manufactured from mixtures of sand and crimped fibers, or from mixtures of sand, crimped fibers and grass. The surfaces have more stable and uniform playing characteristics when compared with conventional surfaces.
US20080169970A1– Monitoring the Speed of Bowlers- Here is the Patent which monitors the speed of bowlers like Rawalpindi express Shoaib Akhtar , Brett Lee, Dale Steyn etc.This Speed gun or Radar gun is used to measure the speed at which ball was bowled by bowlers.
GB2357207A -Hawk eye- A video processing system uses at two cameras to determine the 3D position of a ball in a series of frames. The future trajectory of the ball is calculated. The system uses at least four cameras so as to allow some redundancy in the system. The established trajectory is used to establish the likely occurrence of an event, principally for lbw determination in cricket. The location of the ball is preferably established by an algorithm that does not rely upon the color of the ball. A statistics generator may be used to record data relating to the ball track to be used in the decision making process. The field of view of each camera may be minimized so as to maximize the resolution of the ball. The system may be automatic or manual, have active/idle modes and produce a virtual replay of the ball’s trajectory.