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Pink ball glows like radium: Mohammed Shami

Mohammad Shami
V.V.S.Laxman and Indian pace bowler, Mohammed Shami participate in an event. (Photo by DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Indian pacer Mohammed Shami had a good start in the first pink-ball cricket match in India. He had claimed a five-for for Mohun Bagan in the Super League final at Eden Gardens between club teams Mohun Bagan and Bhowanipore.

Following day 2 of the Shami said that the ball was very bright and was excited about the amount of swing it is having, even when the ball is old. “It’s very bright and glows like radium. With red or white balls, there was some visibility problem as it took [on] the colour of grass. Definitely, I will prefer this ball, this is much better. The biggest plus point is the swing under lights, what else does a bowler want?”

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“There was a bit of moisture in the afternoon, so it helped initially. But then, under lights, there was more movement undoubtedly. It’s challenging for both batsmen and bowlers.”

When asked about whether the pink ball would reverse-swing especially given the ball does not deteriorate much, the fast bowler was confident that the ball will reverse if it’s maintained dry. “Yes, the ball retains it color and shine. But if we can maintain the dryness, I’m sure it will reverse. It did [reverse], I noticed.”

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The wicket-keeper batsman, Wriddhiman Saha said that the pink Kookaburra ball is really good for the fast bowlers and termed it’s visibility as “perfect”. “Every ball is swinging a bit either way, which was never the case with the red Kookaburra. [But] the visibility is perfect.”

“Red or white, the ball invariably lost its color after it became old. But here there’s no such difficulty at all. The pink ball has better visibility. But batsmen will have problems if a pacer consistently bowls 140kph,” he added.

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Saha also said that the batsmen were standing out of the crease to counter the swing. Anustup Majumdar, who scored 81 runs for Mohun Bagan had told the Telegraph: “The ball continued to swing even during the latter stages, which doesn’t happen with a red ball. [But] if you apply yourself against the pink ball and on this kind of a green wicket, you will surely get runs. That’s what Anustup did. I too could’ve got more if not for [a] false stroke.”

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