Colour is the only difference between pink and red ball: Gautam Gambhir

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Greater Noida, Sep 9: Veteran India cricketer Gautam Gambhir feels the pink ball and the traditional red ball, used for Test cricket, behave in similar fashion and only difference between the two is their colour.

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"We have to be clear, it is only the colour of the ball that has changed, nothing else has changed," Gambhir was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

Colour is the only difference between pink and red ball: Gautam Gambhir

The left-handed Delhi batsman, who is leading India Blue in the Duleep Trophy which is being held for the first time in a Day/night format, said people are unnecessarily are making a fuss about the pink ball saying it behaves differently under the light.

"It is a Kookaburra ball that behaves exactly the same way as a red ball or a white ball. People make so much fuss about the pink ball that it swings more or dips more, you can't pick the wrist-spinners and so on.

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"I believe the more you think about it, the more complicated you make the game. It is far more visible in the day time as compared to the red ball because it is far more brighter. In the last two games that I have played, I have seen nothing different. The red ball and pink ball behave exactly in the same way," Gambhir further added.

Other players, however, are still skeptical about the performance of the pink-ball for some feel that reverse swing will be difficult with the pink ball as the shine and gloss of the ball doesn't seem to wear out. While there were others who sighted that the ball skidded a bit more.

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Gambhir-led India Blue will lock horns with Yuvraj Singh-led India Red in the Duleep Trophy final starting Saturday (Sep 10).

India Blue reached the final on the basis of a massive first innings lead, completing a comprehensive performance against India Green even as the game ended in a draw on September 7.

There will added interest in the final beginning on Saturday with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja getting the the taste of pink ball cricket.

As many as six players, who were part of India's squad in the West Indies, have been picked for the final including Amit Mishra, Stuart Binny and Cheteshwar Pujara.

The Paytm Duleep Trophy Finals to be played at Shahid Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh from September 10 to September 14, 2016.

Yuvraj Singh will captain the 15-member India Red squad. Dhawan is part of this team. Rohit and Jadeja will play for India Blue, led by Gautam Gambhir.

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