India is gearing up for their first Day/Night test match in their cricket history. at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata starting on November 22. These two sides are the last, among the top 10 Test-playing nations, to adopt this form of the game with the first of its kind played between Australia and New Zealand back in 2015. For the Tests which played under the lights, Pink ball had used instead of the traditional red ball which has left many confused.
Pink balls have used in Day-Night Tests as they are more visible during night-time under floodlights as compared to the red balls. Traditionally, red balls had used for Test cricket but as they are less reflective, they are not as visible at nights as during days. Further, white balls are not used as they clash with white clothing. Pink ball, on the other hand, is bright and can pick up under the lights which makes it easy for the batsmen and the fielders to spot it.
However, there are few more challenges which the bowlers will have to face while bowling with the pink ball. Also, the ball tends to lose its shine after a few over which is why extra lacquer had applied to it while the curator also leaves more grass on the surface. While it doesn’t swing much early, the shining pink ball livens up the action under the lights. The bowlers get a huge amount of swing and batting in the third session is more challenging.