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Bishoo’s beauty impresses Aussies

Published: 
Thursday, June 4, 2015
 
West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo may have bowled the ball of the 21st Century on Thursday, when he sent back Australian wicketkeepr/batsman Brad Haddin during the first innings of the opening Test of the Sir Frank Worrell series at Windsor Park in Dominica.

Haddin came to the crease with the Australians in trouble and tried to stay positive however he got one from Bishoo that was tossed up on middle and leg. It turned away sharply past a nervy prod beat the outside edge and crashed into the off-stump. A dream ball for any leg-spinner and totally unplayable.

It brought back memories of the ball of the 20th century that was delivered by Australian Shane Warne to England’s Mike Gatting.

Ironically, Thursday marked the 22nd anniversary of that event and Bishoo was close to replicating the identical ball.

The ball who like Bishoo, who had a perfect view was Adam Voges at the non-strikers end. He said: ”My gosh that was a really good ball. It pitched and spun away and ripped the stumps. It was a very good ball and I also received some that was similar but luckily for me, it spun so much that is missed everything.”

Bishoo said he was thrilled to produce a delivery like that: "I really enjoyed that ball. It was one of the best I have ever bowled, everything went right for me with that ball. I knew that Haddin wanted to attack me, so I was on top of my game. The ball spun a lot but was quick enough to hit the stumps before spinning past it. It is something I would remember for the rest of my career.”

At the end of the day’s play a still proud Bishoo was smiling as he has now planted serious doubts in the minds of the opposition when next they face him.

 

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