The Pink Test: How did it go for Indian Condition?

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The Pink Test: How did it go for Indian Condition?


After Cricket Association of Bengal conducted the first every multi day match with the Pink Kookaburra ball, the comprehensions are on over its usability in Indian Condition. In the last day night match at Adelaide played with the Pink Kookaburra, there were issues with the visibility of the seam. After which, the green thread was replaced by white on the red surface. This time, it was black on red. In the recent match at India many advantages favoring the ball is apprehended. The ground, however, was slightly customized for the venue with some grass on the pitch, which kept the assessment deficient to some extent.

In the Super League finale at Eden Garden, the pink ball favored a good swing. The results were apparent in both off the ground and in the air. The moist ground covered by thin grass is considered as the reason. The ball did swing in the air for first 10 to 12 over, after which, seam movement was achieved until 30 to 35 over. Among the best results with the Pink Ball, visibility was a prime. The color of thread on the seam was effective as it was changed from green to black. It is reported that players in the match had no difficulty over visibility of the ball.

For India, longevity has been the primary concern against Pink Balls. It is considered that the ball does not favor Indian condition. Another reason that ails India to use Pink Kookaburra is its unfavorable slant for spinners as they wear out. The seam in these balls used to sink as they get older and it becomes impractical for spinners to swing it after about 45 overs. However, to deal with the issue, the manufacturer of Kookaburra is tried out combinations of using thicker thread to these balls.

According to Brent Elliott, the Managing Director of Kookaburra, the new balls were improved and they had the seam intact even after 75th over. In fact, the manufacturer has made considerable changes in the ball to deal with longevity. They have also increased the number coats of pink. This helped in visibility of the ball even after playing for long hours because, only the top layers of coatings were depleted while protecting the ball from wear and tear. However, since the match was played on a grassy pitch, the result could have been certainly effectuated by the condition.

Thus, even though the Pink ball was tested in the match, the test does not seem to have completed. The first reason is the soft pitch with extra grass that biased the assessment and the next: in the match there was no prominent role of spinners. Hence, the concern for India over the ball's friendliness with spinners was largely untested.

The inferences from the Pink ball test at Eden Garden did not bring out a concrete result and more matches should be played in India with Pink Balls. The force for the recent trail was primarily backed up Saurav Ganguly. Perhaps, Pink Kookaburras would need more support from big shots of Indian cricket. The instance of BCCI is, of course, crucial in this regard.

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