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IND BS BAN: Why pink instead of red balls in day-night Tests?

IND BS BAN: Why pink instead of red balls in day-night Tests?

All the talk ahead of India’s second Test against Bangladesh has centred around pink cricket balls instead of red ones.

On November 22, India will take on Bangladesh in a historic Day-night Test with many dignitaries from several fields set to be in attendance.

One question that is doing rounds around many heads is that ‘WHY PINK INSTEAD OF TRADITIONAL RED BALL?’.


For starters, pink balls will be used in place of red balls for better visibility under the floodlights. Red balls are less reflective.

On the other hand, Pink balls are bright in colour, which can be easily picked under the lights making it easy for the batsmen and the fielders to spot it.

pink balls are bright in colour

The pink ball is given an additional protective coating which prevents the pink colour from being diluted and eroded easily.


The only difference is that the red ball is stitched with a white thread while the pink ball is stitched with a black thread.


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While it doesn’t swing much early, the shining pink ball livens up the action under the lights.

The ‘pink cherry’ comes with more shine and swing, gifts for the fast bowler, even as reverse swing becomes tough.


Further, the white balls can’t be used as they clash with the traditional white clothing.

Though India has never played with a pink ball in the international stage, players like Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay have played Day-Night pink ball matches in Duleep Trophy.

As the historic Test match approaches, both the Indian and Bangladeshi teams are training in Indore to get used to the pink ball.

This historic occasion will be graced by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the sporting greats of India.

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