The pink-ball will reverse or not is the question which has created a lot of buzzes ever since it was announced that India will play its maiden Day-Night Test against Bangladesh at the historic Eden Gardens from November 22. The Indian pacer, Mohammed Shami has always been known for extracting reverse swing as one of their most potent weapons and the pink balls for the Day-Night Test have been prepared to keep that in mind.
Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said that the seams in the pink balls have been hand-stitched to ensure that the ball aids reverse swing. He said, “The pinks balls prepared have all been hand stitched as that increases the chances of the ball aiding reverse swing. Shouldn’t be a problem to get the pink cherry to reverse.”
For those unaware, the pink ball is meant to do conventional swing more than it reverses because of the extra lacquer used to make sure that the ball is easy to spot even under lights. The spotting has been a major area of concern with the pink ball, especially in the Twilight phase.
The leather on the pink-ball is most importantly softened overnight to ensure that it is not too hard and can be easily wrapped around the cork later. After this, the cups are stitched from the leather cuttings and are once again colored. Once the leathers are ready, the cork is inserted and that is followed by stitching them up. The inner stitching takes place first and the ball is then stitched from the outside.
The Indian, as well as the Bangladesh players, were handed the SG pink balls in Indore during the first Test and with the opening game-ending inside three days, the players from both teams took the opportunity to practice under lights. In fact, not just skipper Virat Kohli, even the veterans like Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Rohit Sharma have made their excitement known about playing their maiden day-night Test.
Speaking after the first Test, skipper Kohli said: “The pink ball does a lot early on, more than the red ball. The pink ball Test is going to be exciting. It’s going be a landmark event for Indian cricket and Indian Test cricket.”