From tennis to football, sporting equipment that have sparked debates
Big on Racquet
Not just in cricket, sporting equipment have sparked debates among players in many other sports — from tennis to football to athletics.
Brute force today has a bigger role in tennis than in the 1990s, and racquets have a hand in that. That is why Martina Navratilova, an all-time great, has repeatedly called for smaller racquets. “Make the size of the racquet heads for pros smaller and we will see more variety right away,” she tweeted last year. She has also asked for faster courts to encourage players to come to the net instead of playing from the baseline.
Not Playing Ball
It did not catch on because it was not good enough to defend deliveries and so could not be used in Test matches or one-day internationals. There have been other controversies with unconventional bats, including the aluminum bat used by Hayden’s compatriot Dennis Lillee in a 1979 Ashes Test.
(Source: The New York Times, BBC, CNN, MIT Technology Review and other websites)