On This Day in History: June 4, 1993 – Shane Warne bowled ‘Ball of the Century’

On this day, June 4, in the year 1993, Australian cricketer Shane Warne took the world by storm by redefining the power of spin bowling. He took the wicket of Mike Gatting with an unusual delivery that later earned ‘Ball of the Century’ badge.

It was during the first Test match of the Ashes tournament at Old Trafford, Manchester in 1993, when the Australians were touring England. Shane Warne was playing his first Ashes tournament. Shane Warne dismissed English player Mike Gatting with a mystery delivery that turned so much that everyone was amused.

The ball pitched outside the leg stump but took a sharp curve and hit the right handed-batsman Gatting’s off stump. Gatting could not believe what happened and even umpire Dickie Bird couldn’t believe what he saw. Gatting was dismissed on that spectacular ball by Warne and the Aussies were all cheering on the ground. Have a look at the video below.

The match was won by Australian side by 179 runs and Warne finished with the figures of 4/51 and 4/86 in the first and second innings respectively. He was also given the ‘man of the match’ award. The visitors Australia dominated the English players during the tour and clinched the series with 4-1 victory. Warna also bagged the ‘man of the series’ award as he took 34 wickets during the series at an average of 25.79.

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