Cricket is a game loved by many, and the way the cricket ball is used matters a lot. Just like musical instruments need to be played right to make good music, the cricket ball needs to be used correctly for a great game.
The cricket ball has changed over time, especially since cricket started in the late 16th century. The newest type is called the smart ball. Companies like Kookaburra, Dukes, and SG make cricket balls, and they are important in different formats of the game.
Did you know that cricket balls used to be red, but then white balls were introduced for some matches? This happened in 1977 during a tournament called the World Series Cricket in Australia. Red balls were used for a long time, but white balls are easier to see at night, which is important for one-day international matches played under lights.
Making a cricket ball is interesting. It’s made from three things: string, leather, and cork. The cork gives the ball weight and bounce. The string is wound tightly around the cork, and then the ball is covered in leather. The stitching on the leather helps bowlers grip the ball when they bowl. It takes about two to three weeks to make a cricket ball. They need some time to settle down after they’re made.
Cricket balls come in different colors: red, white, and even pink. Red balls are used a lot in test matches and can last for a long time – even up to 80 overs. White balls are used in some shorter matches, but they wear down quickly and don’t last as long. Pink balls were introduced for day-night Test matches and are mostly like red balls except for their color.
Now, let’s talk about the weight of cricket balls. Different types of cricket have different rules about ball weight.
For men’s cricket:
- The ball should weigh between 5.5 ounces (155.9 grams) and 5.75 ounces (163 grams).
- The ball’s circumference should be between 8.81 inches (22.4 cm) and 9 inches (22.9 cm).
For women’s cricket:
- The ball should weigh between 4.94 ounces (140 grams) and 5.31 ounces (151 grams).
- The ball’s circumference should be between 8.25 inches (21.0 cm) and 8.88 inches (22.5 cm).
For junior cricket (Under 13):
- The ball should weigh between 4.69 ounces (133 grams) and 5.06 ounces (144 grams).
- The ball’s circumference should be between 8.06 inches (20.5 cm) and 8.69 inches (22.0 cm).
So, you see, the weight of the cricket ball is different for different players. It’s all about making sure the game is fair and fun for everyone!