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Pink ball behaves a lot like white ball, says umpire of first pink-ball match in India


One of the match officials of the first ever pink-ball match played in India, Abhijit Bhattacharya predicts that the pink ball used in longer version matches played under lights tends to behave a lot like the white ball used in limited-overs matches.

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In 2016, Abhijit Bhattacharya and Premdip Chatterjee were officiating in the CAB Super League final which was the maiden longer version match in India played under lights. The match however was not granted first-class status. 

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Bhattacharya said that the pink ball went better than the red ball but behaved lot like white balls used in limited over cricket.

“I went into the game with an open mind,” Bhattacharya told as quoted by the Times of India.

“For me it was just about a different color. How different could it be from the red or white ball? I would say that the behavior of the pink ball was closer to that of the white ball. There wasn’t too much difference.”

The game in which Mohun Bagan beat Bhowanipore by 296 runs was played with the Kookaburra ball. Later it was also initiated in the Duleep Trophy.

“As there was no marked change in its shape, we didn’t have to change the ball. In fact, it retained quite a bit of its characteristics. There was a fair amount of movement early on, but later it became easy. Mohammed Shami extracted some reverse swing too,”  Bhattacharya said against the complains of visibility of pink ball.

“The players were sighting the ball better under lights and no one complained of any problem during the twilight zone,” he concluded.

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