Excitement is all around India’s first pink ball game. The colour of the ball makes things more special. To mark the day in our memories, BCCI has turned every colour into pink. The scoreboard, buildings nearby the ground and some government buildings in Kolkata will shine with Pink colour.
Last year, India first got the chance to play with the pink ball against Australia but the BCCI denied to play the game under the light. Indian Head Coach Ravi Shastri had then opined that India would take at least 18 months to prepare with the pink ball. This ball was the challenge for India. But now, India is ready to take up the challenge.
India is heading to play the first day-night Test match against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens, starting from 22 November. Kolkata crowd will witness the historic day in Indian cricket. In 66,000-seat Eden Gardens ground, 65,000 people will come to watch the match in each day of the first three days.
Pink Ball Instead Of Red Ball
Its neither red nor white ball. It’s the mixture of both colours. But why the pink colour is selected to play the day-night Test match. The answer is a one-liner. To make the ball visible under light.
The timings of the match at Eden Gardens is from 1 pm to 8 pm IST. At day time, the red ball is visible but it is difficult to trace it at night. So, makers turned the colour to pink and the experiment was successful in the first Test match under the light. In 2015, Australia played the first-ever day/night game with the pink ball against New Zealand at Adelaide.
Pink Ball is “Made In India”
The pink ball used in India is neither Kookaburra which is used in Australia nor the Dukes which is used in England. It is manufactured by Merrut based company SG. The ball is handcrafted to maintain its seam for a longer period.