new Delhi: Australia’s Shane Warne, one of the world’s greatest spinners, has passed away. Everyone was crazy about his bowling. It was not easy for anyone to play his balls. One of his balls is also called the ball of the century. Let’s know about that ball.
This ball was the ball of the century
Australia’s legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne played his last Test match 14 years ago, but even today the iconic ‘Ball of the Century’, bowled by the ‘King of Leg-Spin’, is a lifelong memory for cricket fans. 28 years ago on this day, Warne stunned the world by clean bowling England batsman Mike Gatting in the Test match of the Ashes series against England in Manchester. The magic ball bowled by Warne took a 90-degree turn to hit Gatting’s off-stump.
It’s 25 years today since THAT ball!
Mike Gatting recalls Shane Warne’s “ball of the century”… pic.twitter.com/UqhRwyxraU
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 4, 2018
Wicket was picked in this way
Warne bowled Gatting on his very first ball of his first Ashes Test on June 3, 1993, at the Old Trafford Stadium, making a nearly 90 degree turn. After being hit in the wide outside the leg-stump, this ball took a turn and blew his off-stump to the surprise of Gatting. This ball created panic in the world. This first Ashes ball of Warne’s career is still called “Ball of the Century” i.e. “Ball of the Century”. In the same series, Warne also did a hat-trick in Test cricket.
First bowler to take 700 test wickets
Shane Warne took 708 wickets in 145 Test matches during his career, while 293 wickets in 194 ODIs were recorded in his account. In terms of taking wickets in Test cricket, after Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan, the second number bowler Warne completed 700 wickets before him. He became the first bowler in the world to touch this high peak of bowling.
Cricketer with most runs without a century
Warne also scored 3154 runs in Test cricket, which is the world record for most runs by any batsman without a century. Warne made 12 fifties in Test cricket, but his highest score remained only on 99 runs, which he made in the Perth Test against New Zealand in 2001. Apart from this, Warne had missed once more after reaching the century. He also scored 1018 runs in ODIs. He is one of the few cricketers in the world to have 1000+ runs with the bat and 200+ wickets with the ball in both Tests and ODIs.