Tips to choose a cricket ball for a professional game Cricket as a sport has evolved a long way. Though initially the sport was all about bowlers bowling a ball, batsman hitting it with a cricket bat and fielders fielding to save runs, the game has predominantly become a batsmen’s game off late. It was not the case in early centuries. Cricket officially started in 1877 with Australia playing against England. The one day international cricket has made it into a batsmen’s game. In test cricket, a match spans for about 5 days (6 during its beginning), the pitch conditions alter as the days progress, the ball is changed after 80th over and roughly about 90 overs are bowled in 1 day. Those days the cricket accessories for batsmen were limited and he dint have his cricket headgear. Bowlers were allowed to bowl 6 bouncers in an over and we all know about the bodyline story of 1937. ODI cricket officially started in 1972 and the first ODI World Cup was played in 1975. Even then the game was bowler dominated. Sides used to bat out 60 odd overs and score about 250 runs. Now as the game revolutionized, as bats became more powerful, and invention of head gear, bowlers allowed only 1 bouncer an over in ODI and 2 in Test games, the fate of cricket has taken its turn towards batsman. Sides chase 450 odd runs within 50 overs today. A cricket ball is a hard solid ball made up of cork and leather. The cork is stuffed inside leather coverings which are stitched with seam. It typically weighs about 5 and a half oz. The use of this ball is heavily monitored by the cricketing laws and umpires are very stern about such matters. Typically the staple component of bowling and dismissing the batsmen using movement in the air and off the ground is influenced by the condition of the ball and the efforts of the bowler and as we know the ball undergoes wear and tear during its course in the game. Potentially the fielding side shouldn’t try to manipulate the wear and tear of the ball in order to attain fruitful results. The seam is either pronounced or otherwise, and thus a bowler knows what kind of seam is aptly suited for the conditions of the game. Pronounced seam provides better grip and carry from the wicket otherwise known as seam movement. A not pronounced seam allows the ball to swing in the air when it’s new. Cricketers use red cricket balls for test games, white cricket balls in ODI’s as colored clothing doesn’t provide clearer visibility of the red ones. Quality of these balls is also crucial and thus obviously supreme county cricket balls have better quality and long lasting when compared to club cricket balls. Leather Indoor cricket balls don’t have a seam outlying (Used in bowling machines). Tennis cricket balls are harder and heavier than normal tennis balls, Soft practice PVC balls. The above mentioned balls are used while practice sessions. All the details are available online and you can purchase the products through such websites as well.
Published on May 16, 2011
Published on May 16, 2011
Cricket as a sport has evolved a long way. Though initially the sport was all about bowlers bowling a ball, batsman hitting it with a cricke...