The king of spin, Shane Warne, who has his birthday on 13th September, is often remembered for his incredible bowling spells in his cricketing career. The Australian spinner has played 145 Tests and 194 One Day Internationals and had picked up 708 and 293 wickets respectively. Shane Warne is arguably the best ever spin bowler that cricket has ever seen. The right arm leg break spinner redefined spin bowling in his time, raising the bar for the other bowlers of the era. Shane Warne's bowling experiences have always been an inspiration for the young bowlers who still regard him as a spin idol. Here are the top five moments of his career that must be celebrated.
In the second semi-final of the 1999 World Cup, Warne played a significant role in turning the momentum in Australia's favour. South Africa seemed to be in a comfortable position, 0-48 chasing 214 runs until Warne became the obstacle to their win. The Australian spinner picked three wickets leading to one of the most dramatic climaxes in of the most interesting One-Day Internationals of all time. Warne became an indispensable part of the Australian team after that crucial 1999 bowling spell.
A draw seemed to be quite unrealistic on day five of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide in 2006. England was leading on the basis of their first innings score. However, a fantastic tight bowling spell by Warne turned the game in favour of the Kangaroos. He picked four crucial wickets. This paved the way for Australia's six-wicket victory.
Warne, who turned 50-years-old today, scalped seven-second innings wickets in this match in Melbourne in 1992. The spinner used a flipper to rout out Windies Skipper Richie Richardson- a ball many would still remember. It is still regarded as one of the most exceptional balls Warne bowled. Playing only his fifth Test at the time, Warne led Australia to a historic victory against one of the best teams of that era (West Indies).
Shane Warne's 700th wicket came on the final day of the boxing day test in 2006 in Melbourne. It was quite an exciting and emotional moment for the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) crowd. They had to wait for more than 40 overs to see their king of spin reach the mark of 700 wickets. For fans, it was a delight to watch the legendary spinner sending England batsman Andrew Strauss back to the pavilion. It was a moment that sent the crowd into raptures.
In the 1993 Ashes Tests, Warne bowled the 'ball of the century' which was also referred to as the Gatting ball. He turned the ball sharply from way outside off-stump to remove Mike Gatting's leg-stump. The experts say that the ball deviated almost 120 degrees. He went on to scalp seven wickets in that match and was awarded the 'Man of the Match' award.