The IPL 2023 season has just concluded. After this, the players of the Indian cricket team are all set to play the final match of the World Test Championship 2023. The Indian players have reached London to play the WTC final and will face Australia at the K Oval from June 7. The WTC final is being played at a neutral venue. The Duke ball will be used in this Test match, while the Indian players played cricket with the SG ball in the IPL.
The Duke ball to be used in the WTC finals
Meanwhile, the Indian team is practicing with the Duke Ball in the spare time before the IPL and WTC finals. Indian players also practiced with the Duke ball during the IPL. So that the players will not face any problem after entering the World Test Championship Final immediately after the IPL.
So many cricket lovers may have this question, what is the difference between SG ball and Duke ball? Also, is the Duke ball going to be used in the WTC Final? Let’s find out the answers to all these questions…
How many types of balls are there in cricket?
There are currently 3 types of balls used in international cricket. These three balls are Kookaburra, Duke and SGG. All three balls are used in different countries.
Which ball is used in which country?
Kookaburra balls are most commonly used in Test playing countries in world cricket. Cricket is played with this ball in 8 countries. Kookaburra balls are used in Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan. Also, cricket is played in England, Ireland and West Indies with the Duke ball. India is the only country that uses the SG ball.
Which balls are used in which countries?
Kookaburra- Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Pakistan
Duke- England, Ireland and West Indies
SG- Used only in India
What is the specialty of all three balls?
1. Duke ball
A Duke ball made in England has a higher seam. The stitching of this ball is done by hand. Fast bowlers get more benefit from this ball. The hardness of the Duke ball lasts up to 60 overs, while after 20-30 overs this ball allows the bowlers to reverse swing. Kookaburra and SG balls differ in terms of reverse swing. Both balls get reverse swing around 50 overs.
2. SG balls
Talking about the SG ball, this ball is made in India. It is also stitched by hand just like the duke ball. The seam of this ball is also high. This ball helps the spinners more than the fast bowlers.
3. Kookaburra ball
Kookaburra balls are made in Australia. It is stitched by machine. Its seam is pressed. The ball is good for fast bowling in the first 20 to 30 overs. After this, this ball becomes beneficial for the batsmen. This ball is less beneficial for spinners than other balls due to the seam compression.
What are the ICC rules regarding the use of balls?
According to the International Cricket Council i.e. ICC, there are no specific rules regarding the use of the ball. Where there is a match or a series, the country uses the ball according to its calculations and preferences. Any country can also play with different balls in each series. (cricket ball types in marathi dukes kookaburra and sg dukes ball use in wtc final)
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