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ENGLISH WILLOW VS KASHMIR WILLOW
You must have encountered this dilemma if you have played cricket for any significant amount of time. Let's answer this question once and for all.
- English Willow vs Kashmir Willow bat: Which one is better for me?
3 types of woods are used in making cricket bats all over the world
- ENGLISH WILLOW
- KASHMIR WILLOW
- POPULAR WILLOW
The Popular willows are used in making cricket bats for use only against tennis/plastic balls.
Now, let’s know the differences between these two varieties and how they affect the choice of cricketing fraternity around the globe –
The aesthetics of English willow bats and Kashmir willow bats differ in the following aspects :
a. Grain Profile – Grains are thin Reddish-brown/black lines found on the surface of cricket bats. The grains of English willow cricket bats are more prominent than the grains of Kashmir Willow cricket bats.
AND THIS IS WHERE YOU NEED TO BE CAREFUL !!
Top 5% of high-grade Kashmir willows may have similar grain profile to lower grade English willows. The difference in their visibility will be there 99% of the times. Grains in English willows are almost always darker than in Kashmir Willows.
b. Colour – English Willows are generally whiter than Kashmir Willows. Though both willows may be double shaded, the white part of English willows will be whiter than the white part of Kashmir willows.
c. Fibre Orientation – The orientation of fibres in Kashmir Willows are predominantly horizontal while that of English willows are predominantly vertical. This is one of the reasons that the grains of Kashmir Willow are less visible.
Consider the combination of the above aesthetic factors while buying a cricket bat if you are not sure about the brand/dealer. If someone offers an English willow bat between 2000-3500 on retail, without GST invoice, with good 5+ grains and without any dead-knots/pin-knots/blemishes/marks/specks or a combination of these imperfections, then 9 out of 10 times, it is a Kashmir willow bat disguised under an English willow tag.
The performance of a cricket bat is measured in terms of its rebound quality, aka PING/PUNCH in cricketing language. The further the bat is capable of sending a cricket ball after impact, the better the performance.
English Willow bats perform better than Kashmir Willow bats and preferred by professional players in general – TRUE!
Kashmir Willow bats cannot be used at the professional level – MYTH, MYTH, MYTH !!!
This is contrary to what most people, including professional cricketers, believe. Kashmir Willow cricket bats are equally capable of performing well. Though, the percentage of such high-performance Kashmir Willow bats is far lesser than English willow bats.
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Since both willows are obtained from the same tree, there is not much of a difference in terms of the durability of an English willow bat and a Kashmir Willow bat. The probability of breaking/not breaking is equal for both kinds of willows.
Kashmir willows are generally heavier than English willows. This is because the density and moisture content of Kashmir grown cricket bat willow is more than the English counterpart. This is another reason why most professional players do not prefer Kashmir willow bats.
In the end, it all boils down to this!!! How big will be the hole in the pocket? English willow bats are way more expensive than Kashmir willow bats. The prices of English willow bats are in the range INR 3000 to crazy INR 60000 these days. The prices of Kashmir willow bats are in the range INR 1000 to INR 3500. The choice depends upon the level of cricket to be played, skill level, age, and your budget.
ENGLISH WILLOW VS KASHMIR WILLOW: HOW TO CHOOSE
1. If you are buying a bat for your 10-year-old kid, always buy a junior size Kashmir willow bat. We know you love them and want to provide the best equipment to fulfil their dreams, this is not the right time yet. At this level, the child will be learning basics and will spend most of the time doing shadow practise and short-hand drills to develop basic technique. He will not play any competitive cricket. Though, coaches may indulge them in matches played with a tennis ball to develop competition and team spirit. There is no need to go for any high-end English willow bat.
4. If you are a high-level professional player who doesn’t mind spending money on your cricket equipment and prefer ultralight bats (under 1150 grams), then you should always opt for mid to high range English willow bats.
For any other query, feel free to contact us. No matter what kind of bats you need, GOLDFINCH CRICKET always has the solution. Just visit our shop to get your custom made English Willow Cricket bats. We can also provide custom made Kashmir willow cricket bats on special request by a professional player.