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Shami, Saha give green light to pink ball after domestic trials

Kolkata : Indian fast bowler Mohammad Shami and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha have given positive reviews about the day-night cricket with pink kookaburra ball.

After receiving firsthand experience of the new format in the country’s first pink-ball match being played in the ongoing Super League final at Eden Gardens, Shami sounded mightily impressed with the swing on offer while playing under lights, ESPNcricinfo reported.

Brushing aside concerns over the pink ball’s ability to reverse-swing, Shami said he had noticed the ball swinging reverse and observed that maintaining the dryness of the ball would help bowlers obtain reverse swing.

Meanwhile, Saha has also given the thumbs-up to the pink ball and described its visibility as ‘perfect’. However, the wicketkeeper batsman opined that batsmen would face problems against deliveries going above 140kph.

The four-day match is the final of the Cricket Association of Bengal Super League, the state’s first-division inter-club championship. It is being played between Bhowanipore Club and Mohun Bagan A.C., the latter boasting of India caps such as Saha and Shami. (ANI)