Types of Cricket Balls used in Cricket Game


Cricket Ball plays an important role in a 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 cricket players. The quality offered by two-piece leather balls is 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 the quarter sphere. The inner core is covered with four-piece of quarter sphere leather. Skilled workers do the sticking at four sides. Four-piece leather balls give high-quality ball performance. All the clubs, leagues, and international cricket match used 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 offer 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 give close to red color ball performance. The main challenge with white cricket balls is to maintain the color and shine of the ball for the entire game. In white cricket balls, ball color is achieved by rubbing the leather for a significant time. These are called natural leather color white balls.

Pink Color Leather Cricket Balls: Nowadays, Pink color balls are used in test matches as trials. The first pink color ball is used in a test match between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval in November 2015.

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