Blue patch on white leather during Rajasthan Royals versus Punjab Kings game causes chaos
There are different types of balls in cricket. According to the laws of cricket, red leather is used in the longest format of the game while white leather is used in the 50-over and T20 format. On the other hand, there is pink leather as well which is used in the day-night Test match.
However, during the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League match between Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings, a blue patch on the white ball left everyone in utter confusion and chaos. Even commentators literally had any idea at first sight.
Over the years, several incidents have happened during the passage of play. We have seen balls getting lost after batsman hitting it out of the park. Perhaps for the first time, the white ball had another colour on its surface. Nobody really expected this in the first place.
Mysterious blue layer confuses fans
During Rajasthan Royals’ run-chase when captain Sanju Samson hunkered himself at the crease for a big knock, a strange or a mysterious blue patch was spotted adhering to the cricket ball. It caught the eyeballs of the cricket fraternity especially during a replay for a DRS call when Samson was judged out by umpire Anil Chaudhary for a leg before wicket.
After Samson took a review straight away, the TV replay on the large screen showed that the ball had some blue layer on its surface. According to the ball tracker, the wicket was not hitting and hence the third umpire asked the on-field umpire to overturn the decision.
Meanwhile, everyone spoke about the blue layer on social media platforms. Netizens took to Twitter and spoke about it as well. Even the commentators were confused too. However, the analysts on Select Dugout were of the opinion that it could have been a blue paint from the advertising board or ropes when Jos Buttler launched the ball for a six.
In Select Dugout they told it was the paint from advertising sponsor on the ground when buttler Hit that free hit back over the bowler— Siddhant (@CricSidd) April 12, 2021
Talking about the game, Punjab Kings posted 221/6 with the help of KL Rahul's 91 and Deepak Hooda's 68. In reply, Rajasthan Royals almost pulled off a superb run chase but fell short of 4 runs. The skipper Sanju Samson nearly helped the team chase down the target but failed in the end. His valiant 119 off 63 (12 fours, 7 sixes) went in vain.