LONDON: In the year of 1993, It was the leggie legend Shane Warne who bowled delivery at Lord’s for the first time that would define his career; ‘the Gatting ball.’
And then, 23 years in 2016, it was Pakistan’s Yasir Shah against the same opponent as that of Australia, bowling at the same ground in his first Test outside of Asia produced a gem of his own.
Drawing the left-handed Gary Ballance across his stumps with a delivery pitched well outside off, Shah got one to grip and turn sharply, beating bat and pad on its way to the leg-stump.
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It was a delivery that mirrored Warne’s dismissal of Andrew Strauss at Edgbaston in 2005, when the Englishman left one outside off, only to be bowled behind his legs.
Having worked with the Pakistani last October, it was a ball that would not have surprised the Australian.
“Just finished a net session with Yasir Shah,” Warne wrote on Instagram last year. “He has the best leg break I’ve ever seen! He was ripping them by the end! Thanks for having me at training Yasir, was an honour to work with you.”
Ballance was the first of four wickets Shah took for the innings, and his seventh of the game, with the leggie going on to finish with match-figures of 10-141.
Unsurprisingly, he was named man-of-the-match, with Pakistan winning an enthralling Test by 75 runs.