Ravichandran Ashwin has bowled 'Twenty20 ball of the century', says Adam Gilchrist

Ravichandran Ashwin bowled a deceptive 'carom' ball that foxed South Africa's leading batsman Hashim Amla in the second semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20.

Updated: April 05, 2014 14:42 IST
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Ravichandran Ashwin bowled an exceptionally deceptive carom ball to bamboozle South African opener Hashim Amla in the semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 in Mirpur on Friday night. The delivery seems to have caught the attention of Australian legend Adam Gilchrist, who hailed the delivery as the "Twenty20 ball of the century." (Ravichandran Ashwin records many 'firsts' in ICC World Twenty20)

Gilchrist tweeted after seeing the Ashwin delivery to Amla, that pitched outside the leg-stump and spun sharply to clip the top of off-stump. His reaction evoked comparison to Shane Warne's 'ball of the century' to England batsman Mike Gatting during Ashes 1993.

That excellent delivery spurred Ashwin on to pick up two more vital wickets -- of Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers -- and laid the platform for India's six-wicket win over South Africa in the semi-final.

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