Cricket is a strange old game, and there have been times when it has taken us by surprise. Every element of cricket whether it is batting, fielding or bowling, needs mastering the art of doing it. Cricket is said to be a batsman’s game.
The regulations are stacked excessively in favour of batsmen, while bowlers are don’t get that much popularity. Even yet, if we go back at cricket’s history, we can identify some outstanding bowlers who have played the game. Those bowlers have earned a name for themselves with their perfect motion and pinpoint precision.
Bowling is a difficult technique to master since it needs a lot of practice and proper bowling skills. Nobody becomes famous overnight. A bowler’s performance rate throughout the course of their career is purely determined by their consistency, which can only be achieved by work and belief in oneself. Although spectators strive to copy bowlers’ skills, the fact is that each bowler has his or her own style that cannot be taught or reproduced. Every bowler’s movement is unique and possesses incredible muscle memory.
Today, however, we will not discuss those ideal bowlers, but rather those who have made a reputation for themselves, although for different reasons. Their strange balls have compelled us to consider alternatives to the sensible school of thought. Several such occurrences have occurred throughout the years, serving as a message that anything may happen out of the usual.
Here are some weirdest balls in cricket history that confused everyone:
1. AB De Villiers attempted to replicate Warner’s performance from the previous day, but he ended up scooping a catch off a ball that bounced twice before reaching him.
2. Mike Gatting was struck by Shane Warne’s ball of the century.
3. Whatever Mitchell Starc struck on that pitch that day, it moved the ball from leg stump to the top of the off-stump at a speed of 150 kilometres per hour.
4. On the slowest bouncer you’ll ever see, Andre Adams clean bowls Kumble.
5. In a T20 contest, Ashwin’s carrom ball was placed half a yard outside leg and went away to smash the off stump.
6. On an otherwise lifeless pitch, Lasith Malinga found the sweet spot and removed Sachin Tendulkar’s bails off stump.
7. As Jaques Kallis found on this day, Sreesanth was unplayable on his day.
8. With 6 needed off the last ball to draw the game for New Zealand, Australian captain Greg Chappel instructed his brother Trevor to bowl an underarm delivery on the game’s last match.
9. While Lasith Malinga was deadly precise with his yorkers, one would occasionally slip through his grasp. And that was the widest wide you’d ever seen on this occasion.
10. On the penultimate ball of the day, Sachin bowls Moin Khan between his legs with a googly, the spin on which no one could understand.
11. When David Warner hits Mohammad Hafeez’s double-bouncer for a six
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