Evolution of Cricket Balls

The history of a cricket ball started in 1946. The cricket ball consists of cork with string coated with leather cover switched on and manufactured and is regulated by cricket law at the first-class level.   

The Red balls are an earlier type of cricket ball which are used to play test matches and used to play all sorts of cricket matches till 1977. Till now players use these balls in Test cricket. 

The White ball was first introduced in World Series cricket which was started by Kerry Packer in 1977 in Australia. After the introduction of White balls, coloured clothing become a constant part of One Day International. The White ball has been found differently from the red ball as most notably, the ball swings more in the first of an innings than the red ball and they deteriorate more quickly as the ball gets dirty easily.   

The pink ball was introduced on Day/Night Test. since the red ball has low visibility and could not use in Day /Night Test matches. The pink ball was used for the first time in November 2015 between Australia and New Zealand.  

In the year 2015, a guy called Nicholas Martino introduced World First Rechargeable, Luminous Cricket ball glow in the dark. Fitted with Tiny LDs that take 20second to be fully charged so this ball was introduced to play and practice at night.  

Dimension of a cricket ball: British Standard BS 5993. 

There are three main manufacturers of the cricket ball in international cricket: Kookaburra, Dukes, and SG.   

For limited overs matches like the ODIs and Twenty20s, white balls from Kookaburra are used internationally by all countries, hence for test matches countries like England, West Indies, and Ireland use Dukes ball, India uses balls from SG, and Kookaburra is used by the remaining countries.  

Which is the best cricket ball: 

To answer this question, you must see different formats of cricket Test, ODI, T20 from there we must pick the best ball is extremely hard to describe it depends on the duration of the use. 


In the 21st century, we have seen 161.3 km/hr. by Shoaib Akhter delivering top Master Blaster Sachine Tendulkar which knocked out his Stump. Shane Warne drifted leg side to outside the off Stump, even Lasith Malinga’s unplayable Yorker with the ball those were the memories of world cricket. 

 According to the report, Kookaburra is dominating the world cricket 

“White Kookaburra Turf cricket balls supplied by the ICC will be used for all matches.” This is what it says in the playing conditions for ICC tournaments, suggesting that the ICC’s official ball is the white Kookaburra Turf. Playing conditions for every man’s World Cup the ICC has independently organized, starting with 2003 right up to 2015, have recommended the white Kookaburra, and it is the ball that will be used in the 2019 World Cup in England.  

Following that lead, the white Kookaburra is used in bilateral ODIs all over the world. Since it is used in bilateral cricket, it is used in domestic cricket, including T20 leagues, across the globe. All this makes perfect sense; players should be familiar with “the World Cup ball”. “The Home Board shall provide white cricket balls of an approved standard for ODI cricket.” “The ICC’s philosophy has been that we will use the balls that have been tried in the conditions in which the event is being played,” says Geoff Allardice, the ICC’s General Manager of Cricket. “So, the Kookaburra Turf was used in the 2003 World Cup because that was the ball that was used for limited-overs cricket in South Africa.”

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