‘Ball of 21st century?’ Starc hits headlines with a seed in the summer
At the nirvana of fast bowling in WACA, Aussie left arm quick Mitchell Starc exhibits the supremacy of pace and artistry in a magic moment where he got rid of Englishman James Vince in the third Ashes match.
Bestowed as the ‘Ball of the summer’- the delivery hailed out by cricket greats of the era as the sheer unplayable seed of the season.
A tint of reverse swing and hitting at the exact spot of crack, the delivery angled into the well set Vince, flew away his off-stump. With utter disbelieve, Vince stared at the stumps and later reckoned, “If I faced that another 20 or 30 times I think it would get me out every time.”
According to the measurement of Channel Nine, the deviation off the wicket was 42cm.
“Ball of the Ashes and possibly the ball of the 21st century too,” said Warne. “Starc is on fire here in the west!”
Former England off spinner Graeme Swann said while explaining, “People who are saying it is an exaggeration do not know the game of cricket. Left arm around at 90 m/ph, seaming more than a guy can spin the ball, that is the best ball I’ve seen live in Test cricket. People say it’s not because it hit the crack, Shane Warne’s ball of the century landed in a foot hole.
Get a perspective, that ball is getting Sachin Tendulkar out 1000 times out of 1000, Don Bradman 1000 out of 1000, Steve Smith 1000 out of 1000. It is unplayable,” Swann said.