Former Australia spinner Shane Warne, one of the world’s greatest bowlers, is celebrating his 51st birthday today (13 September 2020). Although Warne has many records, he threw a very special ball 27 years ago, which was called ‘Ball of the Century’.
Warne, the highest wicket taker in Test cricket after Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets), has 708 wickets in this format. He threw the Ball of the Century in a Test match against England during the Ashes series in 1993.
The Australian team was then on a tour of England, where Warne bowled a ball in Manchester which was called an extravaganza. The Australian team was able to score 289 runs in their first innings. Playing on a personal score of four runs in England’s first innings, Gating became the victim of that ball of the century.
Warne bowled outside the leg stump, Gatting thought the ball would go past him, but it did not. The ball turned so much that he blew the gagging leg stump after the pitch.
Warne, who made his Test debut against India at the Sydney ground in 1992, took 1001 wickets in his international career. He has a total of 293 wickets in 194 matches in ODIs, while 708 wickets are recorded in Test cricket. Warne announced his retirement after playing the 145th Test of his career in the 2006–07 Ashes series in England.