Brisbane: The makers of a new bat being used by West Indies batsman Chris Gayle say it does not give the flamboyant opener any special advantage and that the laws of the game have been adhered to.
Melbourne Renegades’ Chris Gayle with his gold-coloured bat during the BBL tie vs Brisbane Heat in Brisbane on Saturday. PIC/Getty Images
Indian manufacturers Spartan made the gold-coloured bat and flew it over to Australia in time for Gayle’s opening match in the Big Bash League (BBL) on Saturday, CMC reported.
The Jamaican-born West Indian cricketer, who plays for Melbourne Renegades has become the first man in world cricket to use a willow of that colour. “There is no metal in the gold colouring we are using in the bat,” Spartan boss Kunal Sharma said on Saturday.
Gayle (23) used the bat to launch a run chase in Renegades seven-wicket win over Brisbane Heat in the third match of the BBL on Saturday, smashing two fours and two sixes. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is suggesting the weight of the bat may work against Gayle. “It’s exceptionally heavy. It’s got to be over the three pounds,” Ponting told Channel 10 on Saturday.