Legendary leg spinner, Shane Warne turned 48 on Wednesday. The former Aussie revealed the secret of his 'Ball of the Century'. We all are aware of th
Legendary leg spinner, Shane Warne turned 48 on Wednesday. The former Aussie revealed the secret of his ‘Ball of the Century’.
We all are aware of the ‘Gatting Ball’ popularly known as the ‘Ball of the Century’. It is historic delivery bowled by Warne to English batsman Mike Gatting on Day Two during the first Test of the 1993 Ashes series. Which took place at Old Trafford, Manchester. With his first ball against England, in his first Ashes Test, Warne produced a leg-break that bowled Gatting out.
The delivery drifted away from Gatting and pitched outside leg-stump only to spin back in and hit the off-stump. Gatting was clueless as England went on to lose the Test match by 179 runs. Warne returned with match figures of 8 for 137 and was also adjudged as the Man of the Match in the Test match.
In an exclusive ICC video, the legend revealed how he got the perfect leg-spinner out of his kitty.
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“The ball of the century was a fluke. It really was. I never did it again in the first ball of any time. As a leg-spinner, you always try to bowl a perfect leg-break every ball and I managed to do it first up which was pretty. It sort of changed my whole life really back on the field and also off the field. It was one of those deliveries which all leg-spinners want to bowl and I am proud that I have bowled it, especially to someone like Mike Gatting who was a fantastic player and the best player of spin in the England team and he is a good guy too. So to do that first up here in England, it was a very special moment.” says the Former Australian player.
Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag on Wednesday also tweeted birthday wishes to spin legend. The quirky tweet won hearts of cricket enthusiasts worldwide. Viru tweeted: “Batsmen always wished ur hands were plastered like this while you were bowling,or atleast you warned them. Happy Birthday legend @ShaneWarne,”
Shane Warne had a forgetful debut against India as he returned with figures of 1 for 150 but went on to pick up 708 wickets in 145 Test matches at an average of 25.41. He also played 194 ODIs for Australia, picking up 293 wickets at an average of 25.73.
Wishing the Legend a very Happy 48th.