India vs England Pink Ball Day-Night Test Match To Start From February 24
India will be hosting its 2nd pink ball day-night test match on 24 February in Ahmedabad.
India and England are all set to begin the day-night test match at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad on 24 February. This will be the second Pink Ball Test match after the one played against Bangladesh in Eden Gardens. It will be the 16th match among all the Pink ball test matches played till date all around the world.
To make the format of Test Match more interesting, the concept of a day-night test match was introduced. Initially, for day-night one-day matches, a white ball was introduced instead of the red one. The change was made deliberately as it is hard to see the red ball in the yellow floodlights. Due to the reflection, the colour of the ball appears to be brown instead of red. This creates problem for the players as the ground is also of the same colour. The white ball does not create such illusions, thus helping the players better.
Recently the pink ball has been chosen in place of the white one because after 30-40 overs, the white ball becomes very dirty leading to more visibility problems. In a One day match, the ball is changed very frequently, so it is able to evade that problem related to the dirt but that isn’t the case in of a test match. Thus the pink ball was introduced to help overcome all the problems faced till date.
Many players have got hurt in the past due to this visibility problem. So the cricket administration has put a lot of focus into the colour of the ball. Red is more absorbent in leather as compared to white and pink as they are lighter colours. That is why the pink colour is coated twice on the ball.
In a recent interview, Virat Kohli has said that it will be best suited for any team to bat during the first session as it will be more challenging to do so in the evening.
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