Pakistan cricketer Ghulam Fatima bowls some pretty beautiful leg-breaks and despite not re-entering the national side since her debut in 2017, she continues to deliver some exciting moments on the field. In a domestic game recently in Pakistan, she delivered a leg-break right from the top draw, leaving Fareeha Mehmood absolutely clueless. Some people on social media are drawing parallels to Shane Warne‘s delivery to Andrew Strauss.
In the Pakistan Women’s One Day Cup game, Fatima pitched it way outside off stump to the left-handed Fareeha Mehmood and the Pakistan cricketer walked down the ground to heave it over the top. The ball looped in slow and nice, before taking a sharp twirl into the left-hander and hitting the stumps. She managed to hit middle-and-leg having pitched close to the wide line on the offside, reminding people of the stuff Shane Warne would do from time to time.
The Pakistan cricketer posted the video on her Twitter handle yesterday and the video has already garnered over 40,000 views. A lot of people in the comments tagged the great Australian leggie, trying to get his opinion on the amazing turn the Pakistan cricketer generated.
Here’s the video of that delivery.
— Ghulam Fatima (@ghulamfatima_14) September 12, 2021
The Pakistan cricketer joins “Ball of the century” race
Ghulam Fatima’s outrageous leg break seems to have added her to the nominees’ list for the “Ball of the century”, which includes the man who, by public opinion, holds the trophy for the previous century for his delivery to Mike Gatting. Shane Warne’s mindboggling delivery to Andrew Strauss back in the day is definitely up there in contention. In the 2005 Ashes, Warne pitched the ball around the wideline mark and with Strauss attempting to pad it away, he shockingly saw it turn in front of him and hit the stumps.
Ravichandran Ashwin’s immaculate artistry against Hashim Amla in the 2014 World T20 earns him a shoutout in this race. Some notable ones are Ryan Harris’s inexplicable delivery to Alastair Cook in 2013, Mohammed Asif’s perfect in-swinging delivery to VVS Laxman in 2006, Jasprit Bumrah‘s slower ones against Shaun Marsh in 2018 and Ollie Robinson in 2021 among a plethora of others.