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The Real Science Behind The Pink Ball Test Cricket

The Real Science Behind The Pink Ball Test Cricket

November 22 is fast approaching and the revolution in test cricket awaits. Needless to say, November 22 will be slated in bold letters in the history books of cricket when amidst the monopoly of the red ball, the pink ball will make its first appearance in the Indian Cricketing history. This game will be played under the lights against Bangladesh at the iconic Eden Gardens.

But why Pink? Why not any of the other colors, right?
Board wanted a color that would be visible under the lights and can last for an 80 over Test. The red ball failed in the first parameter and the white ball failed in the following one. Hence the mixture of red and white gave an insight over the consideration of the pink ball.

Change in color brings with itself change in characteristics of the ball. It swings more, retains shine for a long time giving the feel of a new ball for about 30 overs. The traditional red ball loses its shine in around 60-70 minutes.

The first-ever day/night Test between Australia and Newzealand ended in 3 days where none of the sides could surpass the score of 250. It’s gonna be a challenge for both the sides at the Eden Garden.

“To make it easy to spot under lights, extra lacquer is applied over the pink ball so that it shines more. Naturally, the shine allows it to swing more and because of the extra lacquer, the shine also lasts longer than a red ball,” Paras Anand, the Marketing Director of sports goods manufacturer SG.

Spin bowlers will be seen seeking many benefits as there is a visible prominent seam in the SG pink balls.

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