A lot of people love the game of Cricket, but they have never seen what a cricket ball looks like up close or the material it is made of. Cricket is a bat-and-ball game, and a cricket ball is vital without which the game cannot be played. But by the time you read this article to the end, you will know all about Cricket balls.
The Cricket ball is an important feature of the game and has created legendary bowlers like Dennis Lille, Shane Warne, Sir Richard Hadlee, Wasim Akram, and a host of others. The cricket ball is also responsible for the coinage of terms such as bounce bowl, fast bowl, leg spin bowl, medium fast bowl, etc.
But what makes cricket balls so exciting and powerful enough to create legends? Let’s take a look at some information about the cricket ball.
A cricket ball is a solid and hard ball. The core or center part of a cricket ball is made entirely of cork obtained from a specific tree known as the Oak. The Cricket ball is gashed strongly around the perimeter with a cord to give it a defined diameter. This is why it bears a strong resemblance with the American baseball.
Four crescent-shaped strips of bronzed leather are used to cover the wound cores. The leather strips are sewn conjointly and form a stitched line at the central point of the cricket ball or its widest diameter. As a rule, cricket balls are red, but for One-Day matches – which may result in a game played at night – a white-colored cricket ball is preferable so that it can be visible below the lights on the pitch.
A new cricket ball is somewhat difficult to stop or catch by a newbie or amateur because its edge is very sharp. Even professional cricketers need to be careful while playing so that they don’t get injured. Serious injuries have been recorded in the game of Cricket, and this is the primary reason why cricketers were protective equipment on the field.
Cricket balls are designed exclusively such that they can last for at least 80 overs or about 5 hours of game time. A cricket ball, once selected will not be changed unless an unforeseen circumstance crops up according to association policies. This is the only reason why a cricket ball may be changed at the time of play.
Skilled bowlers do not joke with the cricket ball and must, therefore, take their time to learn every nuance of the solid ball, how to grip it firmly as well as how to control the seam. When man and ball become one, the batsmen are in trouble.
The overall weight of a cricket ball is between 155.9 and 163.0 grams while its circumference measures about 8 13/16 to 9 inches. Female and teenage or young cricketers use smaller cricket balls.
The use of a particular type of cricket ball depends on the form of cricket that is to be played. The three conventional forms of cricket all over the world are Test cricket, One-Day cricket, and the latest – and the shortest – version known as Twenty20. Test cricket can last up to 5 days, and this is why red cricket balls are the best choice for use.
Red cricket balls were used in the very first Test match in history as they are very stable. However, the fielding side may change the cricket ball – especially after 80 overs – if the skipper wants to change it so that he can attack his opponent using his fast bowlers.
One-day cricket balls are white, though they may get dirty quickly. This is why a fairly new rule for One-Day cricket stipulates that two new cricket balls must be used from two sides of the wicket.