Cricket Ball plays an important role in cricket game. Traditionally red cricket balls had been used, but as time progressed, white cricket ball was introduced in the game. Recently, in few test matches, the pink ball is also used. Cricket balls are made from a core of cork, which is layered with tightly wound string, and covered by a leather case with a slightly raised sewn seam. Here the Types of Cricket Balls
Types of Cricket Balls by dimensions: Cricket ball dimensions differ depending on the level of cricket being played:
- Men’s cricket: The ball weighs between 155.9 and 163 grams; it has a circumference between 22.4 and 22.9 centimeters.
- Women’s cricket: The ball weighs between 140 and 151 grams; it has a circumference between 21 and 22.5 centimeters.
- Junior cricket (under-13): The ball weighs between 133 and 144 grams; it has a circumference between 20.5 and 22 centimeters.
Cricket Balls Based On Stitching Patterns
Two piece Cricket Balls: In two piece cricket balls, leather is shaped as two semi sphere. A high quality inner core is placed into two leather semi spheres. Skilled work does the stitching at two sides. Two piece leather balls are used for entry level of cricket players. Quality offered by two piece leather balls are good but if you compared it with four pieces then there will be some difference in ball bounce.
Four Piece Cricket Balls: In four piece leather cricket balls, leather is cut into quarter sphere. Inner core is covered with four piece of quarter sphere leather. Skilled workers do the sticking at four sides. Four piece leather balls gives high quality ball performance. All the clubs, leagues and international cricket matches used the four piece leather cricket balls.
Cricket Balls Based On Colors:
Red color Leather cricket balls: Red color leather cricket balls are normally used in international test matches. Red color leather balls offers better shine and swing to fast bowlers. Red color balls are possible the best balls for cricket matches.
White Color Leather Cricket Balls: White cricket balls are used for limited over matches or one day international or day night cricket matches. These balls are designed to gives close to red color ball performance. The main challenge with white cricket balls is to maintain the color and shine of ball for entire game. In white cricket balls, balls color is achieved with rubbing the leather for significant time. This is called as natural leather color white balls.
Pink Color Leather Cricket Balls: Nowadays, Pink color balls are used in test matches as trial. First pink color ball is used in test match between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval in November 2015.