Watch: When Shane Warne scripted history with ‘Ball of the Century’, surprising cricket fraternity and fans across world
Shane Warne was named as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Century, who procured 708 Tests wickets in a 15-year-old career for Australia between 1992 and 2007.
New Delhi: The legendary spinner Shane Warne passed away on Friday after suffering an acute heart attack at the age of 52. Regarded as the ‘Spin King’, Shane Warne was named as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Century, who procured 708 Tests wickets in a 15-year-old career for Australia between 1992 and 2007. Warne has been considered as the world’s second-highest wicket-taker in Tests.
Warne has knocked out some of the prestigious batsmen with his bowling. He marked a record in history with one of his spins and is considered to be ‘Ball of the Century.’ The ball turned at 90 degrees which made the batsman go baffled. The video still surfaces on social media as one of the viral videos.
The spinner bowled the ‘Ball of the Century’ during the 1993 Ashes series. The Test match took place between Australia and England on June 4, 1993. Warne clean bowled England batter Mike Gating in the Old Trafford (Manchester) Test. The ball rotated at an angle of about 90 degrees and made a clean bowl.
See the video here:
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The ‘Ball of the Century’ changed the life of the spinner, Shane Warne. The ball pitched far outside the leg stump which seemed to the batsman to be wide and thus Gating did not attempt the ball. However, little did he know that the ball would turn fast and knocked Gating out by hitting off the stumps, leaving everyone stunned.
Surprisingly, Shane Warne himself revealed that he couldn’t believe that that ball would take such a sharp turn. He said, “This ball was a surprise. I never even imagined it. I can’t even repeat it. As a leg-spinner, you always think of putting a better leg-break ball. I tried to bowl exactly the same kind of ball. But the ball turned to 90 degrees, which was really amazing.”