The Indian team will take a giant leap in their rich cricket history when they take on Bangladesh at the iconic Eden Gardens on Friday in what will be the 1st-ever Day-night Test for both the teams. While it will also be the 1st Day-night Test to be played in India, the match will mark the international debut of the SG Pink ball. To mark the occasion, India Today visited the SG (Sanspareils Greenlands) factory which had been tasked with the manufacturing of the pink ball to be used in the Kolkata Test.
Located just over 70 kilometres from the nation’s capital New Delhi, the SG factory is situated in the serene suburbs of Meerut, an industrial town in western Uttar Pradesh. Walking into the plant, one can’t help but spot the similarities with the Kookaburra cricket ball factory at Moorabbin in Melbourne – the iconic Australian sports equipment manufacturer. If the large grass canvas including the finely-cut bushes surrounding the factory building are like the Melbourne factory, the sculpture of a model left-handed batsman in the front garden seems close to the right-hander installed in Moorabbin. But that’s where the similarities end. .. Read more on!