On this day, 27 years ago, Warne bowled 'ball of the century' | The Daily Star
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On this day, 27 years ago, Warne bowled 'ball of the century'

On this day in 1993, legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne became a global sensation when he bowled his first Ashes delivery at the Old Trafford that left Mike Gatting shocked and the cricketing world astonished.

Warne was just 11 Test matches old when he came into England and thus was not very well known to the crowd. However, when he bowled his first delivery there, he announced himself on the world stage as the danger man.

Warne's iconic had leg-spinner pitched outside leg and turned almost square to knock off the off stump and leave Gatting and even umpire Dickie Bird in disbelief. The delivery went on to be known as 'ball-of-the-century'.

Years later, Warne explained the aftermath of the iconic delivery in 1993 Ashes.

"I was 23 when that happened. I remember going to the Windmill Pub in London, we were staying at the Westbury Hotel 100 yards up the road … and I went for a pint with Merv (Hughes)," he told Fox Cricket in an interview.

"And when I came out there was, without a word of a lie, probably 25-30 photographers just taking pictures. The next day was about 'Shane Warne was at the pub'. I was getting critiqued about what I was wearing, I had '10 things you don't know about Shane Warne' and I'm reading it going, 'that's not true, I didn't know that about me!"

Gatting and Warne got along well despite being a part of cricket's oldest rivalry. Warne even got a 'lovely letter' from Gatting and Graham Gooch when they got retired from international cricket.

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