The world of cricket suffered a devastating loss after the Australian genius Shane Warne passed away at the age of 52. The master of spin, Warne had over 1000 wickets in his illustrious career in international cricket. His charisma and flamboyance made him one of the most entertaining sportsmen both on and off the world. As the world mourns the untimely demise of the GOAT, let’s recall the Top 5 Best Shocking Deliveries by Shane Warne of all time.
Remembering the Icon’s legacy
To Andrew Strauss, Australia vs England, 2nd Test at Headingley, 2005
Warne was always at his lethal best against arch-rivals England. His labyrinth of turn has been a big reason behind Australia’s dominance over the English men in the 90s and 2000s. One of Warne’s most stupendous deliveries came against Strauss in the Headingley Test of Ashes 2005. The southpaw was in complete shock when Warne bamboozled him behind the legs with a magical delivery.
To Alec Stewart, Australia vs England, 1st Test at the Gabba, 1994
The Australian cricket had found a match-winner in Warne. A spinner who irrespective of conditions, could trick the batter and make his stay on the pitch a terrible affair. One of his most deadly variations was the flipper, a delivery that has gifted him the king’s share of his dismissals in Tests. Ask someone like Alec Stewart how difficult it is to combat Warnie’s flippers! Truly it is amongst the best shocking deliveries by Shane Warne of all time
To Brendon McCullum, Brisbane Heat Vs Melbourna Stars, BBL
The greatest showman of the game graced the Big Bash League in the colors of his home side Melbourne Stars. Even after his retirement from international cricket, his grip and command over his caliber did not rust a bit. Check out the brilliance of the genius ! He predicts how he will trap the Kiwi T20 superstar in his attempt to go for a sweep. The next delivery, BANG ON! Warne foxes McCullum the exact way he predicted. Kudos Warnie!
To Andrew Strauss, Australia vs England, MCG, Ashes 2006
A classic delivery to deceive Stauss and clean up his stumps – that’s how the master got his 700th Test scalp, the first bowler to reach the milestone. It was a Boxing Day Test, in front of his home crowd, Warne received a standing ovation from the spectators who watched the artist in awe.
To Mike Gatting, Australia vs England, 1st Test at Manchester, 1993
Whenever you think of Warne, the first thing that crosses your mind has to be the BALL OF THE CENTURY. A young Australian talent trying to seal his spot in the mighty Australian left Mike Gatting clueless with a superb delivery that pitched outside his leg stump and kissed the top of off stump. That special delivery declared that one of the game’s greatest spinners has arrived in the arena.
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