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Sanspareils Greenlands, commonly known by the abbreviation SG, is a cricket equipment manufacturer.[1] Its balls are used in Test cricket and in the Ranji Trophy in India.[2][3] They have a more prominent seam and are closer together than the Kookaburra balls used for Test matches in rest of the world apart from England and West Indies (Duke), resulting from the thicker thread used for stitching.[4] Also, the balls are completely hand-crafted.[5]

Sanspareils Greenlands
IndustrySporting goods
Founded1950
HeadquartersMeerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsCricket Equipment
Websitewww.sgcricket.com

Brothers Kedarnath and Dwarakanath Anand established Sanspareils Co. in Sialkot in 1931. They were originally from Lahore where they apprenticed in their uncle's sports shop RICHIE Sports. In 1940 they established a company named Greenlands to facilitate export of their products. After the partition of India, the family moves to Agra and then settles in Meerut in 1950.[6] Its factory has been in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh since 1950.[7]

SG has been exporting bats manufactured in Meerut to the UK and Australia for most of the international cricket brands. The company has been the market leader in India with legends like Sunil Gavaskar, Mohammad Azharuddin and Rahul Dravid endorsing the brand. In 2008, Virender Sehwag became an SG brand ambassador.

Since 1994, all Test Matches played in India have been played with SG balls.[7] SG bats have been used by Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid. Although its initials also matches with that of its previous user Sunil Gavaskar, its ownership isn't related to him. List of sponsorship are Shane Watson, Younis Khan, Hardik Pandya, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shakib Al Hasan, Mominul Haque, Liton Das, Parthiv Patel, Rishabh Pant, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Vinay Kumar , Suresh Raina, Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Karn Sharma , Gautam Gambhir , Krunal Pandya , Mayank Agarwal , Solomon Mire, Kieran Powell, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Rashid Khan, KL Rahul And Hashmatullah Shahidi.

Suresh Raina used SG bats and kit since 2003 but is now sponsored by CEAT. Between 1992-1996 Kiran More, Ajay Sharma, Nayan Mongia, and many other International players started using SG cricket gear thereon.

SG Test balls are handmade[8] and at Rs 1149 each[9] are said to be 20% of the price of Kookaburra balls.[8]

CriticismEdit

The SG Test Balls have come under severe criticism in recent times. Ravichandran Ashwin, who enjoyed a lot of success with the SG Ball, has criticized the quality of SG Test Balls used recently, saying "Right now, I say that the Kookaburra red ball is the best. Dukes is quite good. But I’m disappointed with the SG ball. It used to be top-notch when I started playing. The seam would be prominent even after 70 overs. It’s not the same any more". Kuldeep Yadav too shared his thoughts on the SG ball saying "Kookaburra red ball is good to grip. SG is okay at the moment".[10]

Indian Captain Virat Kohli, jumped on the bandwagon and said that Test cricket across the globe should be played with the England-made Duke balls, expressing his displeasure at the poor quality of the SG balls that India use at home and supported the issues raised by Ashwin, saying "I totally agree with him (Ashwin). To have a ball scuffed up in five overs is something that we haven't seen before. The quality of the ball used to be quite high before and I don't understand the reason why it's gone down".[11]

Speedster Umesh Yadav, joined the growing list of Indian players who feel the SG Test ball was not ideal, complained that it is ineffective to bowl with the SG Test Balls in India. He says that after the ball wears out, it offers no pace or bounce on flat Indian tracks and makes it difficult to contain the lower order batsmen of the opposition.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "All about the cricket ball". Zee News. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  2. ^ "India opens door to Kookaburra balls in Tests". Daily Times. 10 March 2006. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Delhi and Haryana players disappointed with SG balls". India Today. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  4. ^ Rundell, Michael (2009). Wisden Dictionary of Cricket. A & C Black. p. 288. ISBN 9781408101612.
  5. ^ SGCricket Official (17 March 2017), How an SG Ball is Made, retrieved 27 July 2017
  6. ^ "sgcricket.com, about us". Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  7. ^ a b Rudraneil Sengupta (13 August 2012). "1931 Sanspareils Greenlands | A historic innings". Livemint. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  8. ^ a b [1] Archived 2006-05-19 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 August 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "IND vs WI: Ravichandran Ashwin slams the SG ball after India's record-breaking win in Rajkot". Times Now Digital. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  11. ^ "India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli wants Dukes to replace SG balls in Tests". PTI. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Difficult to contain lower-order with SG Test balls: Umesh Yadav". PTI. Retrieved 12 October 2018.