Matthew Hayden bludgeoned a sensational 93 off 46 balls in a match-winning knock for the Chennai Super King’s in their match with the Delhi Daredevils on Friday.
This innings, though, was a bit different.
Hayden used the Mongoose, a new bat with a revolutionary design its creators claim is the perfect Twenty20 weapon.
The handle of the Mongoose bat is 43 percent longer and the blade 33 percent shorter than the conventional bat. The way it is created, though, allows for a larger sweet spot that could allow the batsman the ability to hit longer sixes more often.
Thomas Evans, Production Manager at Mongoose, told Half Volley , “The splice area of a traditional cricket bat cannot be used for attacking and is essentially dead weight as it only provides defensive capabilities.
“By taking this weight (which is not needed) and redistributing it into where it is needed the Mongoose can provide extra power and bat speed than a traditional bat.”
Mongoose tested the bat extensively at Imperial College London, which showed the bat provides 20% more power and 15% more batspeed when compared to a traditional bat.
Hayden’s innings, an example of how precision and power could be combined to great effect, could see the Mongoose catapulted into cricket’s mainstream.
Evans added, “It is incredibly pleasing to see the Mongoose MMi3 used on the world stage. Today in particular feels like a beginning of something huge for Mongoose.
“The phones haven’t stopped ringing since [those] innings; our website crashed during the height of the six hitting and we were a trending topic on Twitter, meaning we were one of the most discussed things on the internet.”
Whilst the Mongoose’s focus is on power, Evans claims that the bat could also be useful for touch players.
“We have found that the bat works most successfully when playing your normal game, whether you’re a power hitter or nudger and nurdler.
Often we see youngsters playing across the line in an attempt to hit the ball further, the Mongoose creates this extra power for you.”
Hayden is one of the Mongoose’s poster boys, and has demonstrated what it was capable of in a controlled media conference.
Today, he unleashed it for real and it seems that the Mongoose’s impact is only just beginning to be felt in the world of cricket.
This article was written by Jon Naylor for Half Volley , the half sport, half science website.