On Monday, Pakistani spinner Yasir Shah produced a delivery that is being compared to Shane Warne’s brilliance and that even the International Cricket Council (ICC) thinks could qualify as the “Ball of the Century.”
On the third day in Galle, Sri Lanka’s Mendis had reached 76 when Yasir threw one outside leg stump, only for it to take a big spin and strike the top of the batter’s off stump who was shell-shocked.
The dismissal was reminiscent of the late great Warne’s miraculous dismissal of England’s befuddled Mike Gatting in the 1993 first Ashes Test at Old Trafford.
The International Cricket Council stated that Yasir Shah of Pakistan has laid claim to producing the “Ball of the Century” in the 21st century after his “peach of a delivery” against Sri Lanka in the first Test in Galle on Monday. The late, great Shane Warne undoubtedly produced the “Ball of the Century” during the 20th century.
Sri Lanka Cricket said the following on Twitter: “Possibly the ball of the century? Yasir Shah’s magnificent delivery, which was reminiscent of Shane Warne’s “Ball of the Century,” startled Kusal Mendis.”
Warne finished his illustrious Test career in 2007 with 708 Test wickets. He passed away in March at the age of 52 after what was likely a heart attack.
Since he started competing in 2014, Shah has taken 240 Test wickets.