Why MS Dhoni prefers wearing heavier batting pads

Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has stopped using Morrant batting pads as they are lighter than the current conventional pads that he has preferred to use more recently.

“I can’t comment on why Dhoni has switched pads at this time but our representative in India will no doubt speak with him in due course,” Sunil Jajodia, the executive at Morrant Group Ltd, said on Thursday. 

 “The unique two strap design was developed so the top strap sits comfortably on the calf. The Unique moulding of the pads means an additional top strap behind the knee (as seen on conventional pads) is not necessary as our pads hold their shape without it”.

“Conventional pads are generally constructed with cane rods as the core of the protection surrounded by either cotton fibres or HD foam or a combination of the two. They are then faced with PU. The shape of such pads is achieved through stitching patterns and the shape around the leg is maintained by the conventional three strap system around the ankle, calf and knee”.

“Approx weight of a top of the range conventional batting pad would be around 850-950g per pad (standard mens size)”, he added.

“Morrant International Ultralite batting pads are constructed using a unique lightweight anti bounce foam with brushed nylon facing. A unique 3D moulding process is used to create a pre shaped pad that sits perfectly on the leg when batting. The pre moulded shape and lightweight construction also means that only two straps are required to secure the pad around the leg”.

“The two straps are designed to sit comfortably around the ankle and top of the calf muscle. Apart from the finishing trim around the edges, the pads have no stitching and so are generally far more durable than conventional pads and many users report use of the same pads for well over 10 years. The inner padding is made from dual density foam for comfort and impact protection. It has a flexible design and can be moved for a custom fit. The pads have a wrap around ambidextrous design suitable for both right and left handed players”.

“The key benefit of these pads is the weight when compared to conventional pads, with one pad weighing under 450g (standard mens size). This dramatic reduction in weight allows for faster footwork when positioning for shots and of course a faster pace between the wickets”,  Jajodia signed off.

Bipin Dani

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