The former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra, who has established himself as one of the top cricket commentators in recent times, called a dismissal in the Indian amateur cricket as the “Ball of the century.” The 46-year-old posted a clip of the ball on his official X account, wherein he commentated on it, moment by moment, conveying his shock and awe at what had happened in front of his eyes.
In the viral clip, the right-arm off spinner ran towards the popping crease to deliver the ball with a bowling action seeming quite similar to the Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan. He let the ball go well above the eye line of the right-handed batter, who had enough time to pick the line and length of it.
The batter shuffled outside the off-stump, expecting the good length ball to go straight through, for him to play a pull stroke towards the square leg region. But, in a split second, the ball turned square from outside the line of the off stump, giving him no time to adjust his stroke before crashing into his leg stump.
Aakash Chopra was quite surprised to see the ball turn square, going “Wow!” and calling it the “Ball of the century” before claiming that this ball had more turn than what Muttiah Muralitharan had produced in his eyes.
Notably, the term ‘Ball of the century” was introduced to the cricket audience in the 1990s when the Australian legend Shane Warne castled Mike Gatting of England with a leg spinner turning from leg to off during the first Ashes Test match of his career at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
Here is Aakash Chopra making the bold "Ball of the century" call: