On This Day: Shane Warne threw ‘Ball of the Century’ 29 years ago, fans still do not forget that ‘magical’ ball


New Delhi. June 4 is a very special day in the history of cricket. 29 years ago on this day on June 4, 1993, Australia’s late leg-spinner Shane Warne bowled a ball which was called ‘Ball of the Century’. He did this charisma in the Test played in Manchester during the Ashes series. Cricket fans still remember this magical ball of his. This was Warne’s first ball in the Ashes series, on which he dismissed England batsman Mike Gatting. Through this ball, Shane Warne became a star overnight.

In 1993, the Australian cricket team led by Allan Border went on a tour of England to play the Ashes series. The first match of this series was played from 3 to 7 June at Old Trafford ground in Manchester. In this match, England captain Graham Gooch won the toss and fielded first. Out to bat, Australia’s team was able to score 289 runs in the first innings. For the Kangaroos, Mark Taylor scored 124 and Michael Slater scored 58 runs. Peter Sach took 6 wickets for England.

England reduced to 210

The England team, who came out to bat in the first innings, could not perform much in front of the Australian bowlers. In the first innings, the English team got out after scoring 210 runs. Graham Gooch scored the highest 65 runs for England. Apart from him, Graeme Hick scored 34 runs. The rest of the English batsmen disappointed. Shane Warne and Merv Hughes took 4-4 wickets while bowling excellently for Australia.

‘Ball of the Century’

It was the second day of the test match. Mike Gatting was at the crease. In such a situation, Australia captain Allan Border handed Shane Warne the ball. It was a leg spin ball from Shane Warne which, after hitting outside the leg stump, flew to Gatting’s off-stump. Mike Gatting was stunned on this magical ball of his. The ball had rotated 90 degrees. Warne himself did not even believe that his ball would do such a charisma. The cricket fans sitting in the stadium were surprised to see this ball. Later cricket pundits declared this ball of his as ‘Ball of the Century’.

Regarding ‘Ball of the Century’, Shane Warne clarified many times that he did not deliberately bowl such a ball. Warne said that I was only doing leg spin. He never thought that he could throw such a ball. According to him, ‘I cannot throw such a ball again even if I want to.’ In any case, this ball made Shane Warne a star overnight. Shane Warne, whom people did not know before this test match, became famous through this ball.

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Shane Warne was the ‘Player of the Match’

Australia defeated England by 179 runs in this test match. Kangaroo team declared the second innings by scoring 432 runs for 5 wickets. Ian Healy scored 102 runs for Australia in the second innings. Apart from him, David Boon scored 93, Steve Waugh scored 78 and Mark Waugh scored 64 runs. Chasing a target of 512 runs for victory, England’s team got all out for 332 runs. Graham Gooch played an innings of 133 runs but he could not avoid England’s defeat. Shane Warne also took 4 wickets in the second innings. In this way, he took a total of 8 wickets in the match. He was awarded the Player of the Match award for his best bowling.

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