Why is India playing with a Pink ball? Here's the story
Why pink ball?
The pink ball is here. India's day and night cricket Test match against Bangladesh will see the Pink ball being bowled for the first time in this part of the world. So, why pink? Here's the story.
Why not red or white ball?
It wasn't the first choice. Ball makers tried optic yellow and bright orange before they decided on pink for the day-night game. A bright colour is easy to spot on the field but it could turn into a problem if the outfield is patchy, less green and more brown. Kookaburra, the ball maker, put a green seam to the pink ball, switched to white and then stuck to black after former Australia skipper Steve Smith suggested the seam should be made more visible. Smith led Australia against New Zealand in the first-ever pink ball Test in 2015.
Will playing with pink make any difference at all?
The classic red ball is good for 20-30 overs, it helps pacers get the bowl to reverse swing later in the innings. In pink ball's case, the roughness of the ground determines the swing because it has an extra coat of pigment and lacquer. It’s like a coat of paint on the car. The ball can carry the shine for up to 80 overs. It's more pronounced black seam gives it greater bounce too.
Why do we need day-night Test matches?
A lot had to do with T20's growing popularity. Australia was the only country to fully adopt the pink ball and the only team to have played five pink ball Test matches. Australia’s record with the pink ball — winning all five Tests they’ve played — was one of the factors that made India skip the Pink test in Adelaide during the 2018-19 Down Under tour.
Is it good or bad for bowlers?
The pink ball, like the white ball, also goes flat. The ball swings more in the first 10 to 15 overs, once the ball is softer, the swing disappears. With no fading of the leather, pacers say they find it difficult to get reverse swing, and spinners feel they will struggle for turn.