29 Years of “Ball of the Century” Shane Warne will always been remembered in the history of cricket!
Shane Warne will always been remembered in the history of cricket as one of the greatest bowlers ever seen. The astute leg-spinner had an ingenuity of bowling unplayable deliveries which would seize the batters off-guard. Warne found dead this year in March. He felt a suspected heart attack in Thailand but his legacy lives on. 29 years ago on June 4, when Warne mark his authority in the Ashes as he delivered the “ball of the century” to get the England batter Mike Gatting during the first Test at Manchester.
29 Years of “Ball of the Century”
On his very first ball, Warne showed the world his ability as result fans immediately take notice.
The delivery was landed wide of leg stump, but it spun ferociously and ended up hitting the off-stump and England’s batter Mike Gatting was left in shock. Notably, it surprised umpire Dickie Bird too. This was the Magic of Warne. In 2020 ICC had shared a video of Warne and called it a “fluke”.
ICC had shared a video of Warne and called it a “fluke”
The audience at the venue and millions across the world were look forward a lot of cricketing action to roll out in the opening test. Thankfully, they were not disappointed.
Warne finished with figures of 4/5 in first innings and 4/86 in the second innings. Australia won the Test by 179 runs and the astute leg-spinner was awarded player of the match. For the duration, England never outcomes from the first Test shock, as the visitors secure the Ashes series by 4-1. Warne was also awarded the player of the series as he ended his series with the total of 34 wickets.
Warne is consider as one of the best cricketers to play the game. He is the second-highest wicket-taker in Tests with 708, only behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan who took 800 Test wickets.