The life story of a cricket ball

Sports

To get pounded and pummeled is the destiny of a cricket ball. Its life on the field is full of hardships. Here’s a pictorial snapshot of how the leather ball takes life.

Strings are wrapped around a piece of cork.

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Bunches of cork core are left on the ground to dry before being used to make cricket balls.

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A hammer is used to shape the cork.

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It’s further shaped by hammering the cork into a round, semi-circle set.

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The two halves of the ball is stitched together with the cork placed inside.

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A leather piece is prepared for the outer covering.

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The leather piece is first tanned…

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…and then it is coloured.

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A worker works on the leather pieces.

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The two halves of the outer covering is sewn together.

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A worker stitches the outer covering of a cricket ball.

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The weight of the ball is measured.

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The seam of the cricket ball is stitched.

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The ball is then stamped with its logo.

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The cricket ball is polished till it possesses a good shine.

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The ball is then packed into boxes…

 

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After days and hours of work, the shining red ball reaches the hands of cricketers.

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