Cricket game is incomplete without cricket ball. In cricket, ball plays an important role in game. A cricket ball is hand made with leather and hand stitching. Inner core of ball has small cork ball for more bounce and durability. It’s very necessary to have different types of cricket balls in different playing conditions. In international cricket perfect ball are choose for perfect playing condition.
In cricket, two-piece cricket balls are used in different playing condition. Two-piece balls are designed in two semi-sphere. The inner core is placed into high-quality leather. Two-piece balls and four-piece balls are different on the pitch in bounce.
The quarter sphere is in four piece leather balls, covered with leather. The workers have to cover four sides of the balls in four piece leather cricket balls. All kinds of material used in manufacturing four-piece balls are high quality as it gives a high-quality performance in the game. Normally, In an international match, four piece cricket balls are used on large scale. Balls are divided into different categories:
Different types of cricket balls are divided into three colors.
- White Cricket Balls
- Red Cricket Balls
- Pink Cricket Balls
White Cricket Balls
White cricket balls are mostly used in limited over and one-day matches. White cricket balls have similar quality of red cricket balls. It is designed to perform on the field like red cricket balls. It’s very difficult to maintain the white ball in a whole game. A player must know tricks and technique to maintain ball in entire game. One side of the ball must have shiny part to achieve more swing. If you lose shiny part of the ball it will not much effective in the game. It depends on the player to maintain natural color of the ball. The white cricket ball is a most using ball as compare than other different types of cricket balls.
Red Cricket Balls
Red color is more attractive than other colors. Red cricket balls are mostly used in test cricket match. It is made of the best quality material to give the best performance for long period of time in the game. In test cricket game every bowler’s main weapon is the ball. A red cricket ball is very effective in test cricket. As it gives more swing and shines in test cricket. A bowler must know tricks and maintain the shiny part of a red cricket ball. If you know tricks in future you can be a great bowler in test cricket with red cricket balls. The red ball is a more attractive ball as compare than other different types of cricket balls.
Pink Cricket Balls
Modern cricket has new color ball introduced in November 2015. Pink cricket balls are mostly used in test cricket after November 2015. The pink color is more attractive as test cricket required a ball with attractive color. In November 2015 first pink ball was used in test cricket between Australia and New Zealand. But it is used in rare matches in international cricket.
“DUKES” produce cricket balls; old manufacture of the ball was “BRITISH CRICKET BALLS LTD”. But nowadays in modern cricket, many companies produce cricket balls for e.g.: KOOKABURA CRICKET BALLS & many more. SG is Indian company who produce cricket leather balls in India.
Balls Weight and Dimensions
In international cricket weight and dimensions are different as per men’s cricket and women’s cricket. The ball weight for men’s is between 5.5 ounces and 9 inches in circumference. Ball weight for women’s cricket is between 4 15/16 ounces and in circumference 8.9 inches.