Agreed. If you remove context, Warne’s ball to Gatting wouldn’t be in the top 10 he bowled I reckon. Straight away I can think of the balls he bowled to castle Chanderpaul and Strauss, the one to bowl Basit Ali behind his legs, and the flipper to Richie Richardson at the MCGI have to question how much of the "rating" for "best balls of all time" have to do with how badly the Batsmen plays the ball, both technically and aesthetically. I'm sure most of the best balls bowlers bowl don't get wickets, that's just how cricket goes...
It wasn’t an ordinary ball by any means but it was hardly unplayable if Gatting got to the pitch better and anticipated at least a bit of spin. I think the fact that he landed it so well without so much as a loosener enhances the legendI dunno, in terms of where it pitched, the drift and the amount of spin (huge but not too much), I can’t think of a much more perfect delivery than the Gatting one.
Holy ******* shit. That IS pretty much unplayable.Steyn's ball here is about as good as you can get without getting a wicket
If Gatting had of blocked it back down the ground would it still be one of the best deliveries of all time?I dunno, in terms of where it pitched, the drift and the amount of spin (huge but not too much), I can’t think of a much more perfect delivery than the Gatting one.
You're correct in saying that gatting didnt particulalrly play it well, though you can very reasonably argue that was due to the quality of what was delivered to him.He was, but a half-hearted prod forward with his hands behind the speed of the ball wasn’t a great example of how to do it. There wasn’t much difference between that delivery and the one Bishoo bowled Haddin with in 2015 really.
That is a ******* unreal delivery. The angle in and swing away is totally unplayable.Steyn's ball here is about as good as you can get without getting a wicket