Video: Five of the greatest deliveries in the history of cricket
Leg spinners have always took the cricket world by surprise with their bowling action, variation and mind blowing breaking spin. Last night for the first time Guyanese Devendra Bishoo rattled the Australian batting lineup with his beautiful leg spin which helped him snap up six wickets. With this he becomes the first West Indian leg spinner to claim more than five wickets against Australia in an innings of a Test. Except Adam Voges, who hit a century, other top order batsmen throwed their wickets although no credit should be take away from Bishoo. But, one delivery which flummoxed Brad Haddin, before he understand the line and pace of the frisky leg spin his left stump rattled. This delivery has now sparked the million dollar question – will this delivery be the “ball of the 21-st century”, and has drawn compariosn with Shane Warne’s memorable delivery of the 20th century. Albeit many cricket pundits consider Bishoo’s delivery yestrday as the ball of the century, this is not the first delivery which has taken the cricket world by surprise. With the evolution of time delivery from both leg spinners and deadly fast bowlers have fueled the debate on ball of the century.
Here we are now discussing top five deliveries that forced everybody to stop a minute and watch:
1) Shane Warne v Mike Getting 1993 Ashes Test:
First and the most spectacular delivery were from Shane Warne. He was bowling his first Test delivery on his debut in 1993 against England in the first Test at Old Trafford, Manchester. Mike Getting was taking his guard to face a rookie leg spinner, on the other end Shane Warne was jumping at the tip of his bowling mark. Here comes the most beautiful delivery, Warne’ delivery land wide outside of leg stump of the crease, seemingly going safely to wicketkeeper Ian Healy’s hands. But Getting read it wrong; the ball took a massive turn across his thigh, before sensing the consequent bails were off the stumps. “Started, he started off with most beautiful delivery. Getting absolutely has no idea what happened to,” legendry commentator Richie Benaud commented. This delivery defines Shane Warne, since then he yielded more stunning deliveries till the end of his 14 years old career.
2) Wasim Akram’s unplayable deliveries in 1992 WC:
Wasim Akram is popularly known as sultan of swing. It was in 1992 world cup final in Melbourne England was crawling from the start of their innings in reply to Pakistan’s 249. Wasim Akram took two consecutive wickets in the form of Alex Lamb and Crish Lewis when England was on 141, badly needed a partnership. But the day was not an ordinary one. It was the final. So, the two consecutive deliveries from left armed Wasim Akram from round the wicket tremble the England batting lineup as both deliveries lands in outside off stamp but goes inside with little bit of bounce that the batsmen found unplayable. Akram’s two deliveries pave the way for Pakistan to lift the world cup for the first time.
3) The Strauss Ball (Shane Warne again!)
The third one “The Strauss Ball”. In 2005 at Edgbaston during the fiery Ashes series that ball came from Shane Warne. Everybody from the stands started packing their tings to leave the stadium as the evening falling down in the town. The day’s match will get over within minutes. But the leg spinner had other plans, he lands the ball outside off stamp of the left handed Andrew Strauss which pitches on the rough created around Strauss’ off-stump. Strauss decided to leave the delivery, he move forward and raised the bat, yes the ball past him but did not miss the wicket.
4) Waqar Younis v Brian Lara (Deadly Yorker)
The fourth is the deadly Yorker from one of the greatest fast blowers from Pakistan Waqar Younis. His toe curshing yorker has already earned appreciation from both experts and fans. But the one which uprooted the wicket of one of the greatest players Brian Lara was a distinctive one. Waqar land the delivery before Lara’s legs. Lara tumbled on the crease as his wicket uprooted.
5) Bishoo v Haddin:
The fifth and new one is ball of the 21st century from Devendra Bishoo. In the first Test in Dominica Bishoo flows with the mild breeze of the town. His leg spin was clue less to Aussie batting lineup. They were paying a look before leaving the crease to understand how they got out. Among the deliveries one touched the bowed Haddin’s off stamp which draws compariosn with “the most beautiful delivery” of Shane Warne.
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