Top Cricket Gloves Reviewed
Find out which brands of wicket-keeping gloves suit your preference. Check out Betwala’s reviews on some of the top used gloves.
Just to clarify: the reviews will focus on only wicket-keepers’ gloves. This is because casual games can be played without a batsman wearing gloves (though it is highly inadvisable) and the wicket-keeper will most of the time need to wear gloves to protect his hands (especially since the ball is hard).
Wicket-keepers are the only fielders allowed to wear gloves because they are almost always in direct contact with the ball. Catching a cricket ball going at 120kph isn’t easy. You could lose a finger (seriously) if you aren’t careful. To prevent this, wicket-keepers are given special gloves made of leather to help ease the force of catching the ball.
A wicket-keeper’s gloves are unlike the batsmen’s in the sense that they are made to protect the hands of the wearer. But unlike the batsman’s gloves, they are made for catching, hence the webbing between the index finger and the thumb.
Given this information, the reviews on this page will look at some of the important details of a wicket-keeper’s gloves. These are its price, the materials used in making it, its weight, size, and design, and some players who use/endorse the brand.
Price, as with many things, is important because it tells you upfront how much the item costs. It also implies that since the price is either high or low, the materials used (ideally) are of high or low quality.
Materials are important because it shows you how good or bad the quality of the different materials used to create the gloves are. It also shows aspects of the glove that may or may not be favourable such as its padding, how comfortable the glove fits in your hand, and how firmly it grips the cricket ball.
Weight is also an important factor since you would not want to wear heavy gloves while playing. Catching the ball is hard enough already, but catching the ball with heavier-than-usual gloves is even harder.
Size is one factor that should not be overlooked because it tells you how big the gloves are when worn. Ideally, you would want gloves that fit perfectly in your hands. Playing with loose gloves are just as difficult as playing with tight gloves - you can’t close your hands properly, you can’t grip the ball properly, and you can’t catch the ball properly.
The design of the glove may also be important to some since they want it to match the colour of their uniform. For others, the design is important because it makes them and other players see the gloves properly, so they know where to throw the ball to.
Lastly, the list of players who use the brand is important to some because this factor alone can be enough to persuade you to get one. You are more likely to buy this brand of gloves if your favourite player is using.