It has been more than a year now that former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne passed away. However, Warne has done a few things in his career that will always make him memorable. Sunday (June 4) marks the 30th anniversary of his feat. That feat is the ‘Ball of the Century’ bowled by him. 30 years ago, Warne’s dismissal of England’s Mike Gatting in the Test match of the Ashes Test series against England at Old Trafford was called the ‘Ball of the Century’.
The ball bowled by Shane Warne in the first Test of the Ashes series on England tour in 1993 was named ‘Ball of the Century’. In the first Test of the series, England won the toss and elected to bowl first. Australia were bowled out for 289 in the first innings. In reply, England openers Graham Gooch and Mike Atherton put on a 71-run partnership for the first wicket.
After Atherton was dismissed, Mike Gatting came in to bat. Australian captain Allan Border hands the ball to Shane Warne. This was Warne’s first over of the match. Gatting was playing on 4 runs. Warne bowls a pitched ball. which fell outside the leg stump. Everyone thought the ball would go outside the leg stump. However, everyone was shocked to see what happened next. The ball hits Gatting’s off stump. Subsequently, this ball was called the ‘Ball of the Century’. Later in an event, Warne said that this ball was an accidental incident.
Warne, who became the first to score 700 wickets in Test cricket, died suddenly on 4 March 2022 in Thailand. (30 years complete to Shane Warne’s ball of the century read here)
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