A stunning delivery from England leg spinner Adil Rashid has sent the cricket world into a frenzy, with many comparing it to Shane Warne’s “ball of the century”.
Debate is raging as to whether Rashid’s dismissal of India’s KL Rahul on day five of the fifth Test at the Oval in London was a superior delivery to that produced by Warne back in 1993.
India was chasing a mammoth target of 464 for victory and the tourists were travelling nicely at 5/325, with opener Rahul – unbeaten on 149 – on strike to Rashid.
What followed next left not only Rahul shocked but also spectators and a massive TV audience, with live coverage going back to cricket-mad India.
Rashid, bowling around the wicket to Rahul, pitched his delivery well outside leg and into the rough, hoping to make the most of the deteriorating wicket.
The ball spun back out of the rough, as Rahul went on the backfoot looking to defend, and hit off stump to leave the India batsman bamboozled.
what a ball by Adil Rashid. Unreal pic.twitter.com/V03s2zeA6c
— qᴉlɐɥפ (@Ghalibirfan_) September 11, 2018
It was immediately proclaimed as a “Shane Warne ball” by England cricketing great Geoffrey Boycott, who was commentating for the BBC.
England players immediately surrounded Rashid to celebrate, with Rahul staring back at the stumps in bewilderment, offering a similar reaction to Mike Gatting when he was bowled by Warne 25 years ago.
Warne made himself known on the international stage with his maiden delivery in a Test against England. He stunningly dismissed Gatting at Old Trafford during the opening Test of the Ashes series with what became known as the “ball of the century” and what was described at the time by Richie Benaud as “the most beautiful delivery”.
Earlier, Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah’s dismissal of England left-hander Gary Ballance has gone viral. During the first Test at Lord’s, which Pakistan won by 75 runs on Sunday, one of Shah’s deliveries spun square off Balance’s off-stump and got his leg-stump.
Here’s the Video of all the three deliveries:
Former Australia leggie, Shane Warne, also produced a similar delivery in the Ashes series back in 2005 at Birmingham, to knock off Andrew Strauss’s timber. Warne, though, bowled the ball of the century—as it has since been called—against England’s Mike Gatting during the 1993 Ashes at Manchester, clipping his off-stump, having pitched way outside leg-stump.