Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world. With the start of T20 International matches, Cricket is now played in 3 different formats – Test, One Day Internationals ( 50 overs) & Twenty20’s. Test cricket is the oldest and highest standard of the game. A match between two nations which hold Test status is called as a Test match.
Most of us know that ODI matches are played with a white cricket ball, day Test matches with a red cricket ball and recently pink ball is introduced and being used for day & night Test matches. So do you know the reason behind this?
Here’s the reason behind it :
Right from the start of cricket, balls used were usually red. Red balls were used after the start of One Day Internationals (ODI) also. But with the introduction of day & night ODI’s, players faced a visibility problem because of the red balls under the yellow floodlights. This is because, under yellow floodlights, a red ball will become brownish color which will match with the colour of the batting pitch. In order to eliminate this issue, white balls were introduced in day & night one-day matches. As white balls can be visible at night-time when compared to the red balls. Presently, all one day matches both day matches and day & night matches are played with white balls only.
To attract more audience for the game of cricket, experts & former players have suggested day-night test matches. There was a visibility problem with a red ball during day & night Test matches. So to overcome this issue they have come up with Pink balls.
Usually, one may get the question, why did they choose pink ball over a white ball?
White balls become dirty and in its colour very quickly (usually after 30-40 overs of play). In ODI cricket, 2 white balls are used in each innings so that the ball can be clearly visible for 50-overs. But the pink ball becomes dull slowly when compared to that of white balls, so we don’t need to change a ball for every 30 overs.
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