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Cricinfo's The Balls of 21st century list

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Cricinfo is running an article in their magazine The Cricket Monthly, on the greatest test match deliveries of 21st century. It seems to be a top 20 list, in which 19 spots have been declared. the top spot is yet to be announced.

 

Here is the Link: https://www.thecricketmonthly.com/genre/723

 

Each spot has a separate article, so cant paste them all. The above link is an index to those articles. 

 

The list so far:

 

No. 20: Monty Panesar to Sachin Tendulkar
No. 19: Jason Krejza to VVS Laxman
No. 18: Steve Harmison to Michael Clarke
No. 17: Mitchell Starc to James Vince
No. 16: Sreesanth to Jacques Kallis
No. 15: Andrew Flintoff to Jacques Kallis
No. 14: James Anderson to Kraigg Braithwaite
No. 13: Irfan Pathan to Adam Gilchrist
No. 12: Jasprit Bumrah to Shaun Marsh
No. 11: Simon Jones to Michael Clarke
No. 10: Shane Warne to VVS Laxman
No. 9: Andrew Flintoff to Ricky Ponting
No. 8: Irfan Pathan to Mohammad Yousuf
No. 7: Muttiah Muralitharan to Mark Butcher
No. 6: Shoaib Akhtar to Adam Gilchrist
No. 5: Dale Steyn to Michael Vaughan
No. 4: Shane Warne to Andrew Strauss
No. 3: Muttiah Muralitharan to S Ramesh

No. 2: Mohammad Asif to VVS Laxman

 

So, can you guess what would be their pick for top spot? and

what are the glaring omissions done by them? What would be your top lists?

 

I personally feel at least one of Zaheer Khan's deliveries (such as the one to Symonds) and Ishant to Ponting should be there. And Steyn also should have been featured there more than once. His ball to Dravid in Ahmadebad 2008 or Clarke in Perth 2012 were absolute gems.

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Sonix768 said:

Cricinfo is running an article in their magazine The Cricket Monthly, on the greatest test match deliveries of 21st century. It seems to be a top 20 list, in which 19 spots have been declared. the top spot is yet to be announced.

 

Here is the Link: https://www.thecricketmonthly.com/genre/723

 

Each spot has a separate article, so cant paste them all. The above link is an index to those articles. 

 

The list so far:

 

No. 20: Monty Panesar to Sachin Tendulkar
No. 19: Jason Krejza to VVS Laxman
No. 18: Steve Harmison to Michael Clarke
No. 17: Mitchell Starc to James Vince
No. 16: Sreesanth to Jacques Kallis
No. 15: Andrew Flintoff to Jacques Kallis
No. 14: James Anderson to Kraigg Braithwaite
No. 13: Irfan Pathan to Adam Gilchrist
No. 12: Jasprit Bumrah to Shaun Marsh
No. 11: Simon Jones to Michael Clarke
No. 10: Shane Warne to VVS Laxman
No. 9: Andrew Flintoff to Ricky Ponting
No. 8: Irfan Pathan to Mohammad Yousuf
No. 7: Muttiah Muralitharan to Mark Butcher
No. 6: Shoaib Akhtar to Adam Gilchrist
No. 5: Dale Steyn to Michael Vaughan
No. 4: Shane Warne to Andrew Strauss
No. 3: Muttiah Muralitharan to S Ramesh

No. 2: Mohammad Asif to VVS Laxman

 

So, can you guess what would be their pick for top spot? and

what are the glaring omissions done by them? What would be your top lists?

 

I personally feel at least one of Zaheer Khan's deliveries (such as the one to Symonds) and Ishant to Ponting should be there. And Steyn also should have been featured there more than once. His ball to Dravid in Ahmadebad 2008 or Clarke in Perth 2012 were absolute gems.

 

 

 

Steyn to Pujara, Cape Town 2011, IMHO.

 

 

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Ball of the century things are overrated because it has a lot to do with how a batsman reacted to that ball.

 

Grew up hearing a lot about Warne’s ball of the century to Gatting, and as good a bowler which Warne was, I don’t think it was the greatest delivery which commies keep hyping. Gatting just had no clue how to play that ball. Someone from subcontinent would have not probably allowed Warne to get wicket on that same delivery. 

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4 hours ago, Cricketics said:

Ball of the century things are overrated because it has a lot to do with how a batsman reacted to that ball.

 

Grew up hearing a lot about Warne’s ball of the century to Gatting, and as good a bowler which Warne was, I don’t think it was the greatest delivery which commies keep hyping. Gatting just had no clue how to play that ball. Someone from subcontinent would have not probably allowed Warne to get wicket on that same delivery. 

It's just click-bait.  People love to rank and argue about rankings - even if it is meaningless.

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16 hours ago, Cricketics said:

Ball of the century things are overrated because it has a lot to do with how a batsman reacted to that ball.

 

Grew up hearing a lot about Warne’s ball of the century to Gatting, and as good a bowler which Warne was, I don’t think it was the greatest delivery which commies keep hyping. Gatting just had no clue how to play that ball. Someone from subcontinent would have not probably allowed Warne to get wicket on that same delivery. 

 

Gatting should have played paddle sweep to that ball, but English batsmen in 90s were very textbook against spin and didn't improvise like Sidhu or Tendulkar.

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