New dawn for Indian cricket; here’s all you need to know about Pink ball cricket

New dawn for Indian cricket; here's all you need to know about Pink ball cricket

It’ll be a new dawn for Indian cricket as India is all set to play its first-ever Day/Night test match starting from November 22nd.

India will play its first pink-ball cricket from Thursday onwards at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata against Bangladesh.

WHEN WAS DAY/NIGHT TEST STARTED?

The first day-night test was played in 2015 between Australia and New Zealand.

The match was played in Adelaide Oval from November 27, 2015, to December 1, 2015.

Though the International Cricket Council (ICC) had approved Day/Night Tests in 2012, it took three years for the first Day/Night Test to get underway.

SCHEDULE

The day/night test will start at 1.00 PM IST and end by 8.00 PM. The first interval will be at 3:00 PM IST and the second session will resume at 3:40 PM IST.

Second break, Tea, will be taken at 5.40 PM for 20-minute and the final session will start at 6:00 PM IST.

WHY PINK BALL?

While the test matches are played with a red ball, the Day/Night Tests are played with the pink ball because the natural light fades away and artificial lights come in effect.

This is because a red ball takes on a brownish colour under yellow floodlights making it difficult to spot the ball against the colour of the pitch. The pink balls have better visibility and also deteriorate more slowly making it suitable for Test cricket.

In the India-Bangladesh match, pink SG ball will be used. According to a report of BCCI has ordered SG to deliver 72 pink balls for the match.

INDIAN PLAYERS WHO ALREADY PLAYED PINK BALL CRICKET

Few players from the Indian dressing room have already played the pink ball cricket.

Pacer Mohammed Shami and Wriddhiman Saha featured in the Super League final while Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal, Rishabh Pant and Kuldeep Yadav have played first-class day-night cricket in past.

Meanwhile, Pinku and Tinku are the official mascots of India vs Bangladesh Day/Night Test.

So sit back and witness the change!!

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