My cricket pad is also a beginner-level one. So while playing with the leather ball. It protects me but still, it hurts when the ball hits the pad because my pad is a bit cheap. I have been trying to collect money for the last three months and have collected around 1200. An average English willow bat cost is around 4000-5000 and a good quality pad will cost around 1200. But matches are approaching and I need to buy them ASAP.