Watch: Gurinder Sandhu bowl the widest wide in BBL history
Updated - Jan 3, 2015 6:58 am
Gurinder Sandhu bowl the widest wide in BBL history: Steve Harmison – do you remember this name. Yes, he is the former English pacer, who is most famously known for Ashes 2006. The opening ball of the 2006 Ashes, which he bowled, went straight to second slip, resulting in a massive wide and that ball was tagged as “the worst ball in cricket history”. A similar kind of delivery was seen being bowled during the ongoing season of Big Bash League (BBL). As they say history repeats itself it did here as well from the Ashes to the BBL. The Indian-originated right-armed medium pacer, Gurinder Sandhu was the one to deliver this ball, which he will surely not be proud of.
It was the new year clash between Sydney Thunder and Perth Scorchers. The Thunder boys put up a good score of 178 with the help of the South African legend, Jacques Kallis, who made 70 blazing runs from 49 balls, hitting nine fours and two sixes despite appearing to strain a hamstring in the mid-way of his innings. Chasing down such a high target, the boys of Perth almost lost the match needing 44 runs off 9 balls, when Sandhu bowled a ‘Harmison’ delivery.
Michael Carberry was in the non-strike, batting on 40 and Ashton Agar was in the strike, batting on 19. Before the incident, Sandhu had conceded 29 from 3.3 overs. Then came in a delivery which made all the viewers and commentators go laugh out loud.
This 6 feet 5 bowler is mainly famous for bowling out swinger’s. Same case goes with that delivery. Sandhu had no control whatsoever on the ball adding to its misery, was the wind movement, which further took it away. The ball, without being pitched, changed its direction mid-way in the air. If there had been a second slip, the ball would have gone straight to his hands. The wicket keeper had to move to considerably away from his original position to get to the ball, however he successfully collected it because the ball lacked pace. The batsman and the wicket-keeper seemed to be in a state of shock for the next moment.
The commentators just couldn’t hold back their laughs and even mocked the ball on air. But finally, the result of the match went in favour of the Sydney Thunders as they registered their first victory against the Perth Scorchers in BBL history.
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