Yasir Shah’s delivery invokes modern day 'Ball of the Century' debate

By: News Desk
Published: 11:32 AM, 19 Jul, 2022
Yasir Shah
Caption: Yasir Shah. AFP
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Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah has produced a candidate for 'Ball of the Century' with his magnificent delivery that left Sri Lanka batter Kusal Mendis shell-shocked.

Australian legend Shane Warne undoubtedly produced the 'Ball of the Century' during the 20th century.

However, Pakistan veteran Yasir Shah has laid claims to doing similar in the 21st century following his peach of a delivery against Sri Lanka in the first Test in Galle on Monday.

Yasir delivered his own moment of magic when he clean bowled Sri Lanka batter Kusal Mendis with a textbook leg-spin delivery that completely bamboozled the in-form right hander.

Similar to the efforts of Warne in Manchester some 29 years ago, Yasir's delivery pitched outside leg stump before turning sharply to the left and clipping the top of Mendis' off-stump.

It immediately brought back memories of Warne's magical delivery to dismiss England veteran Mike Gatting during the first Ashes Test at Old Trafford in 1993, with commentators making an instant comparison between the two deliveries.

While it will be difficult to surpass Warne’s stunning ball, Yasir certainly went close as he produced a delivery that is sure to be talked about over the coming years.

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