Colour. Spice. Entertainment. That's everything you'd link with T20 cricket, and the Indian Premier League (IPL). India's franchise-based domestic T20 competition captured the imagination of the world Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been among the very most recognisable faces and when it had been established amid considerable fanfare in 2008 of the IPL.
Consequently, who better than the Rising Pune Supergiants captain to incorporate colour and more zing to what exactly is already an extravaganza?
He's such an awesome role model, powerful cricketer and children look up to him," Cameron Merchant, the cricket supervisor in the Spartan Sports, said.
The Indian limited overs captain, Dhoni had signed Spartan on a huge bat sanction deal. The sports equipment-maker had also signed former Australian captain Michael Clarke and quick bowler Mitchell Johnson, West Indians Gayle and Russell, England’s Alastair Cook and Eoin Morgan, former West Indies great Vivian Richards and the woman cricketer Sripali Weerakkody of Sri Lanka.
Russell using a loud bat that is black with a pink handle made during the opening match of BBL by Spartan -6 between Sydney Sixers on Tuesday and Sydney Thunder was the talk of the town and quite a fad on social networking. Gayle had used a golden bat – additionally made by Spartan – in the BBL last year.
Under BBL regulations, a player can work with a bat that is coloured as long as it truly is the same colour as the primary kit colour of their team, or black.
Cricket Australia has the discretion to refuse any approvals, and the umpires can also request should they believe it is affecting the integrity of the match the bat changes.
The Merchant of Spartan said the idea of utilising coloured bats was a method to help make the game more exciting for children and the fans seeing.