Australia legspinner, Shane Warne, played in his first Test against England in Old Trafford 1993 was preparing to square off against England’s Mike Gatting, considered the best player of spin. Warne, who was playing his first Test in England, produced a magical moment that left the cricketing world in awe. The ball left Warne’s hand and it fizzed through the air, it drifted in on leg stump and it gripped the surface. Gatting looked to cover the line but the ball spun away sharply and it hit the top of off stump. Gatting was bowled emphatically and former legendary commentator, the late Richie Benaud, summed up his expression when he said on air, “Gatting has absolutely no idea what has happened to it. He still doesn’t know.” The media dubbed this delivery as the ‘ball of the century’.
This is outstanding ! Well bowled young man 👍 https://t.co/NfADPHXj4F— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 5, 2018
In the last 25 years, there have been several attempts to recreate this delivery. Recently, in a video that has gone viral, one seven-year-old boy from Kashmir has recreated Warne’s magic delivery. In a video shared by Kashmiri journalist Mufti Islah, the boy prepares to bowl the delivery with a very short run-up. Rubbing the ball vigorously, he takes two steps and deliveries the ball with lot of air outside leg stump. The left-handed batter looks to leave the ball but the ball spins back in sharply and hits leg stump.
The 44-second video has received close to 600 retweets and over 2000 likes. Warne also spotted the video and remarked on his Twitter handle that he was mighty impressed with the boy. The video became so popular that during the lunch session on day 2, host broadcasters Fox Sports shared the video on Instagram and it received a big thumbs up from Warne.
Warne is credited to have revived the art of legspin in the 90s and in the starting of the 21st century. He formed a potent combination with the likes of Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee in the start of the decade and these four played a huge part in Australia’s dominance in that era. Warne finished with 708 wickets from 145 Tests with 37 five-wicket hauls and ten 10-wicket hauls.