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Is this the ball of the 21st century?

Wide World of Sports logo Wide World of Sports 12/09/2018 Stuart Honeysett
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England leg spinner Adil Rashid has conjured another delivery that has been compared to Shane Warne’s legendary ‘Ball of the Century’ in the fifth Test against India at The Oval (see footage here).

India were on track to chase down the 464 runs they needed for victory following a stubborn stand from KL Rahul (149) and Rishabh Pant (114).

Enter Rashid. With India at 6-325 and coming from around the wicket he managed to land a ball that pitched in the rough outside leg stump before turning it sharply and hitting off.

“What a ripper!” commentator Ian Ward said.

“Fantastic from Adil Rashid.

“That is a staggering delivery to end a fantastic innings but watch this one fizz.”

Fellow commentator Nasser Hussain added: “Yep, that’s why they didn’t take the new ball. Out of the rough, landed in those holes and it brings an end to a magnificent innings.

“It needed something special to get him out.”

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Social media went into meltdown, comparing the delivery to Warne’s famous ball that dismissed Mike Gatting in the 1993 Ashes series and asking if Rashid’s was the ball of the 21st century

The moment turned the match in favour of England, with India unable to put up any more resistance following the departure of Rahul.

The visitors were dismissed for 345 to hand England victory by 118 runs and a 4-1 series victory to send retiring opener Alastair Cook off in style.

It’s not the first time that Rashid has come up with a miracle ball after he produced one while playing for Yorkshire in the English T20 League.

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On that occasion, Rashid came over the wicket just like Warne when he left Mike Gatting flummoxed with a perfect ball that started outside leg stump and clipped off.

Wide World of Sports thinks Rashid has come up with another cracking delivery but there will only ever be one Shane Warne and one ball of the century.


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