Work on shine reduction: Pink-ball maker

To reduce the imbalance in the day-night pink ball events, where bowlers had an advantage, Sanspareil Greenlands (SG) has started working on a “new technique” that will reduce the extra shine of the ball while retaining its color. . Paras Anand, SG’s Marketing Director, is hopeful that the experience, if successful, will bring more parity between the bat and the ball. An extra coat of hairspray is used on the pink ball to make it shiny, which improves visibility.

“We have already started working on this. There are new techniques to get (retain) the color of the ball and this new technique will reduce the shine of the ball and the shine obviously makes the ball move faster off the deck. This work is already underway, ”Anand told The Indian Express. “Once it’s ready, once it’s been tried and tested, we’ll definitely talk about it (sharing details on the new technique),” he added.

SG, BCCI’s official bullet supplier, speeded up the bullet-making process with this new technique after the third India-England Test in Ahmedabad which ended in two days.

A row turner was prepared for the third test, but the pink ball skidded most of the time on the surface. As Virat Kohli said after the game, 21 out of 30 wickets were awarded for drop shipments.

“Weird game … I’ve never been in a test match where things have moved so quickly,” said the Indian captain in the post-match presentation. “I would say one of the elements was the ball – the plastic coating over there is picking up from the wicket – to be brutally honest. Both teams struggled with that throughout the match, ”said England skipper Joe Root.

SG took note of this. “Now this problem suddenly appeared after this test in Ahmedabad, people say the ball went a little more out of the box. This is the comeback we didn’t get after the first game (against Bangladesh in November 2019), which ended in two days and a session in Calcutta. (But) now the problem has arisen, and once the series is over, we will be in contact with BCCI. But we started to figure out how to fix this, if we can work on how we set up the ball and if we can maybe make sure that at least (we) get as close as possible (to the red ball). , ”Anand said.

Since its inception in 2015, 16 day-night tests have been played so far, a few of which recovered in two days and four matches ended in three days. Whether it was stitching or spinning, bowlers largely dominated the pink ball tests.

In December of last year, the Australia v India pink ball test in Adelaide was completed on the third afternoon, with the visitors grouping together for 36 in their second inning and Australian designers Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins sharing nine wickets between them.

The curtain was lowered in the third India-England test in Ahmedabad at the start of the final session of day two, with the spinners bagging 28 of the 30 wickets that fell in the match.

The pink ball, unlike its red counterpart, is still a work in progress. “See, initially, when we were given a brief for the pink balloon; two things were very critical. The first was that the ball should retain color for 80 overs so visibility was not an issue under the lights. The other thing was that the ball should have the seam and overall playability like a red ball, like how a red ball can last 80 overs in a test match. So those are the two main metrics that we were initially aiming for and that have been achieved, ”Anand said, adding:“ Whether it’s Joe Root or the Indian team players, they raised it (the issue) and now we will fix it. “

In a recent press conference, Ravichandran Ashwin mentioned how the odds have been stacked in favor of pink ball cricket bowlers. “If you give bowlers a little favor, this could happen. When there is a bit of an edge for the bowlers, where it swings more or it flows more, the margin of error for the batter is so small.

At the same time, he admitted that familiarity with the pink ball will help players adapt better. “You play more and more and you get used to it, the players will adapt better.”

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