Team India and SG Pink Ball (Photo Credits: Twitter / BCCI)
Ahmedabad, 23 February: Ahmedabad’s Motera Stadium is set to host the second day-night Test match in India, which is to be played against England from Wednesday. Before this match, everyone’s eyes are on SG Pink Ball, which will be used in Test cricket only for the second time. This will be India’s third day-night Test match. He has previously played a Test in India with SC Pink Ball and a Day-Night Test match with Kookaburra Ball in Australia in December last year. The last and only Test match in India with pink ball was played between India and Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens Stadium in November 2019 and due to the behavior of SC Ball, this Test was finished in only two days.
Three types of balls are used in Test cricket. Duke balls are made in England, in India, SG Pink Ball Test is used in India and sometimes in Bangladesh. The third and most famous is the Kukabura Ball, which is used in seven countries – Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Since the outer seam of Kookaburra is stitched with the machine, it becomes difficult for the spinners to catch this ball. Unlike the Kookaburra, the outer seam of the SG ball, such as its inner seam, is hand-stitched and makes it easier for spinners to catch the ball. Its seam lasts for a long time. Also read: Ind vs Eng 3rd Test 2021: Captain Virat Kohli can take the field with these 11 players in the third Test match, see list
Duke Ball is also as beautiful as SG because its seam is also clear. However, it is used only in England, West Indies and Ireland. Indian captain Virat Kohli has already said that Duke balls should be used in India. Interestingly, an Indian industrialist, Dilip Jajodia, is the owner of the British Cricket Balls Limited company, which makes Dukes balls. He bought the company in 1987. However, the stability of the cricket ball also depends on the surface. The surfaces of India, which have no grass, are generally hardened for cricket balls.