Duleep Trophy 2017: Difference Between SG And Kookaburra Balls Difficult For The Players To Handle: Dinesh Karthik
The quality of the pink ball has once again come under the scanner after veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik revealed that the bowlers are facing some problem with the ball in the ongoing Duleep Trophy.
The day-night Test is seen as a big step to revive the longer format of the game, which has seen its popularity decreasing steadily after the rise of T20. However, the ball with which the game is played has been questioned since its inception. From its durability to behaviour, the pink ball has not quite managed to satisfy the players.
Indian players have been getting a taste of the pink-ball from the last two years in the Duleep Trophy but Karthik, who is leading India Red in the ongoing edition, has said that the dew factor, as well as the difference between SG and Kookaburra balls, is making things tough for the players.
“I find a decent crowd coming to watch cricket, especially the night cricket. It is okay if that is the concept of the game, but I believe dew factor as well as the difference between the SG and Kookaburra balls are difficult for the players to handle,” Karthik told Hindustan Times.
“Sometimes it suits the bowlers and sometimes not. The Kookaburra pink ball helps pace bowlers to swing a bit in the initial overs, but bowling a reverse swing with this is very difficult. For the pink ball, you need to have a good season as black seam onto it doesn’t allow the spinners to turn the ball much,” he added.
Karthik further said that the effect of Kookaburra ball which is manufactured in Australia depends on the weather.
“In India, cricket mostly depends on spin bowling and having many wickets like our spinners get with the SG ball is very difficult. This ball can only be suitable in a favourable weather,”said Karthik.
Priyank Panchal, who hit centuries in both the innings for India Red in the opening game, also admitted that he had to alter his batting style to deal with the Kookaburra ball.
“The Kookaburra ball wasn’t coming properly under the lights, and I had to make amends in my batting style,” Panchal said.
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