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shirazi_r
2nd March 2011, 03:25
So for some reason beyond my understanding, I'm longing to buy another bat. As some of you know, I purchased a GM Icon 303 not so long ago and I'm loving it's performance but I feel I may want to try something a little lighter.

I've basically decided on a couple (perhaps more than a couple) of bats I'd like and would appreciate any feed back or opinions on these bats:

Gray Nicolls Quantum Force

http://www.prodirectcricket.com/productimages/Sole/26191.jpg

Gray Nicolls Oblivion Strike

http://www.sportingbilly.com/csp/sport/products/large/opt1/38173.jpg

Kookaburra Blade 250

http://www.prodirectcricket.com/productimages/Sole/25696.jpg

Kookaburra Rogue 200

http://www.prodirectcricket.com/productimages/Sole/25704.jpg

Kookaburra Kahuna 150

http://www.prodirectcricket.com/productimages/Sole/25692.jpg

Bullet Drive
2nd March 2011, 04:28
Have you done a review of the GM?

Cover Drive
2nd March 2011, 06:38
Riz Bhai, first of all I would recommend you to drop to Qasra Sports and check out the bats as he has most of the one you have listed above. As I believe feel is the most important thing.

Anyways, from the above list I would say buy Oblivion, yaar you wouldn't believe it has amazing shape/profile! When you hold it you will definately love it trust me bro! I know you like Blade as I have read your posts in past but I wouldn't recommend that as its sweetspot is very high for our pitches and it won't be a great bat. For Blade you really need high bounce pitches also since you have Icon which is also high sweetspot I wouldn't recommend you to buy another high sweetspot bat.

Oblivion has a low sweetspot but picks up like feather and profile is great as well. Plus if you play on front foot it would be ideal for you.

Kahuna and Rogue are not bad but I for some reasons don't rather Kookaburra bats very high.

shirazi_r
2nd March 2011, 06:46
Riz Bhai, first of all I would recommend you to drop to Qasra Sports and check out the bats as he has most of the one you have listed above. As I believe feel is the most important thing.

Anyways, from the above list I would say buy Oblivion, yaar you wouldn't believe it has amazing shape/profile! When you hold it you will definately love it trust me bro! I know you like Blade as I have read your posts in past but I wouldn't recommend that as its sweetspot is very high for our pitches and it won't be a great bat. For Blade you really need high bounce pitches also since you have Icon which is also high sweetspot I wouldn't recommend you to buy another high sweetspot bat.

Oblivion has a low sweetspot but picks up like feather and profile is great as well. Plus if you play on front foot it would be ideal for you.

Kahuna and Rogue are not bad but I for some reasons don't rather Kookaburra bats very high.

Qasra is just too damn far. LOL

I'll try and have a look and see if there's anywhere on the east end that stocks some of these bats.

Cover Drive
2nd March 2011, 07:23
Ahh okay ;(

To be honest, if I recommend then it will be Oblivion, I don't know if its because I like Oblivion but I found Oblivion to be better balanced compared to Quantum plus the squareish toe of Quantum didn't feel great in my opinion.

Kookaburra's I don't know but for some reasons I don't like them. They feel alright and to me all look same except Blade having very high sweetspot.

So my pick would be Oblivion.

shirazi_r
2nd March 2011, 07:38
Ahh okay ;(

To be honest, if I recommend then it will be Oblivion, I don't know if its because I like Oblivion but I found Oblivion to be better balanced compared to Quantum plus the squareish toe of Quantum didn't feel great in my opinion.

Kookaburra's I don't know but for some reasons I don't like them. They feel alright and to me all look same except Blade having very high sweetspot.

So my pick would be Oblivion.

I would actually like an Oblivion seeing as it's quite an attractive bat but my issue is with the grade that I'd be buying. I'm hearing things about the Oblivion Strike having grains printed on the scuff sheet! While I'm okay with things like polycoats and fibretech, I don't want printed grains.

The next grade up would be the four star and I'd rather avoid spending more than I have to.

Cover Drive
2nd March 2011, 07:54
Here are few pictures of Oblivion Strike which I think might help you;

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t188/maccers2007/DSC01235.jpg
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t188/maccers2007/DSC01234.jpg
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t188/maccers2007/DSC01233.jpg

Actually if you can afford Four Star then I will say go for that, remember my best bat so far is my Gray Nicolls Powerbow 3 Star and they are totally what there value and play very very well.

Here are pictures of Oblivion 4 Star from uzisports;

http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq67/aqureshi2004/GrayNicolls_Bats_7-1.jpg
http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq67/aqureshi2004/GrayNicolls_Bats_8-1.jpg
http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq67/aqureshi2004/GrayNicolls_Bats_9.jpg

Hope it helps!

shirazi_r
2nd March 2011, 08:32
I've seen those photos at other places but the flash makes it difficult to see how to face looks. Wondering if I should go for it or not....

ibtsambutt
3rd March 2011, 18:05
amazing bats... awesome

Cover Drive
3rd March 2011, 21:00
The second one from left is amazing, huge profile for its weight I must say.

Quick Single
3rd March 2011, 21:58
Does anyone the reason for the square toe on the Quantum, or is it just for design?

JazakallahKhair.

Cover Drive
3rd March 2011, 22:02
Don't think there is any reason but just a design I would assume.

Cover Drive
4th March 2011, 07:26
Riz Bhai,

I am not sure but can't you buy Indian bat? I mean the price you will pay for these bats will be near G2 Indian bat..

askmoi
4th March 2011, 08:31
or maybe even G1.

Cover Drive
4th March 2011, 10:03
Sorry to ask this question here but is it only me that the profile of Evo and Oblivion looks more or less the same?

http://uzisports.com/images/GrayNicolls_Bats_3.jpg

Talking about the second one from right..

shirazi_r
4th March 2011, 10:39
Seems to me they're similar, but I find all GN bats to share certain profile characteristics.

In this case, it looks like the Oblivion has a (slightly) lowers sweetspot and a hint more bow along the blade. It also looks as though it has less concaving but the photos make it difficult to tell.

For all it's worth, I doubt you'd be able to tell much of a difference in the hands.


Btw, that Nitro looks damn good!

askmoi
4th March 2011, 10:57
and a thicker toe as well.
btw what is your budget? and what type of bat are you looking for?

shirazi_r
4th March 2011, 11:06
To be honest, my budget isn't much at the moment, around 80 pounds shipped to Canada. I feel I want something with the lightest pickup possible, concaving, and a middle-highish sweetspot.

This said, I have a Kookaburra Blade 250 on the way so I'll give that a go before deciding on buying another bat.

askmoi
4th March 2011, 11:09
i think u have chosen wisely. no need to get another now.

shirazi_r
4th March 2011, 11:12
Yup, the Blade 250 is the one I've had my eye on from the start so there no sense in purchasing something else and then ruing my decision not to choose the Blade.

I'm sure as time passes, I'll see something that really catches my eye and go for that one instead of unnecessarily buying whatever I can afford.

askmoi
4th March 2011, 11:34
sometimes u can find really good bats in the lower range..my kook ice as well. i am now planning on using that for this season.....have oiled it. and now the knocking process will start...it feels pre-knocked so going to spend 1 hr in total on it.

the ones that catch my eye don't quite agree with my pocket.

shirazi_r
4th March 2011, 11:39
the ones that catch my eye don't quite agree with my pocket.

This is often true, though most of the time I'm quite content going with a lower grade bat if it shares the profile and quality of the higher end bat.

The reality is that there's loads of debate as to whether more expensive willow pings better and all that, but as an amateur club cricketer, I don't play a high enough level of cricket to be able to discern a huge difference.

askmoi
4th March 2011, 13:34
same here at my level. although personally i have felt that if i like the feel of the bat, it gives me more confidence to play.

and now a days all bats have a great middle.

Bullet Drive
5th March 2011, 03:26
This is often true, though most of the time I'm quite content going with a lower grade bat if it shares the profile and quality of the higher end bat.

The reality is that there's loads of debate as to whether more expensive willow pings better and all that, but as an amateur club cricketer, I don't play a high enough level of cricket to be able to discern a huge difference.

Can you post a review and pictures of your Kook Blade 250?

Also can u post pics of ur GM icon?

shirazi_r
5th March 2011, 03:49
Sure, when I get the time, I'll put it all together.

canadiancricketer
6th March 2011, 23:03
I would say oblivion.........dont have one but picked it up many times.......low middle....great pickup and balance.

iHammad
7th March 2011, 05:37
CD bhai, what would you say about Yusuf Pathan's Reebok Zigtech bat?

http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/129500/129518.jpg

Cover Drive
7th March 2011, 05:46
Yaar Hammad Bhai Reebok doesn't even make bats, it is not a Reebok bat just stickers I would say.

iHammad
7th March 2011, 05:53
Yaar Hammad Bhai Reebok doesn't even make bats, it is not a Reebok bat just stickers I would say.

Then what is it, SS im guessing?

Cover Drive
7th March 2011, 05:57
Could be SS, they are very big in India. Lots and mostly all of Indian players use SS bats

iHammad
7th March 2011, 06:00
One more question, if you don't mind :)

How come Indian jersey is made by Nike, and Indian players use other sponsors' bats? E.g. Tendulkar has Adidas sticker, Yusuf Pathan has Reebok sticker on his bat.

Cover Drive
7th March 2011, 06:14
One more question, if you don't mind :)

How come Indian jersey is made by Nike, and Indian players use other sponsors' bats? E.g. Tendulkar has Adidas sticker, Yusuf Pathan has Reebok sticker on his bat.

Arre yaar kaisi battayy karray Hp Bhaiask me whatever you wish to ask :)

Actually bat sponsorship has nothing todo with team kit supplies, many players in Pakistan team are not using Boom Boom bats like Misbah Ul Haq, Younis Khan etc.

It is about money whoever pays the players highest and most wins the spot of stickers on players bat :)

Make sense ?:)