Warne’s stock delivery. "the ball of the century" that pitched way outside Mike Gatting’s leg stump and took his off. Using his weight and broad shoulders, Warne imparts stupendous spin and gets in-drift, turn and kick, luring batsmen to play away from their body. Lethal out of the rough, from round the wicket. Watch out: Azhar.
The leg spin ball that never turns and goes straight, keeping very low. Very hard to play because the ball ‘floats’ through the air. Pitches closer to the batsman than expected (which is why many try to pull it) and then skids towards the base of the stumps. Fetches a lot of LBWs. Rahul Dravid: beware
THE TOP SPINNER
The flipper that bounces. Warne has a variety of these. Dips just before pitching, because of the heavy overspin, then bounces higher as in a tennis player’s top-spin forehand. Lunging batsmen (Sidhu/Dravid) may glove to close-in fielders, those playing cross-bat shots (Sachin/Mongia) run the risk of a top-edge.
The weakest weapon in Warne’s armoury. An off spin ball bowled with a leg spin action. Slower and loopier than Warne’s standard deliveries, right-hand batsmen find it easy to pick. So Warne uses it sparingly, reserving it for left-handers like Saurav Ganguly, for whom it is a leg break.
The quicker, flatter delivery that looks similar to Anil Kumble’s quicker ball. Released from the front of the hand, it keeps low and veers in towards leg. Warne rarely uses it in Test matches, saving it for tight stages of the one-day game. Taught to him by his personal trainer, Terry Jenner.
THE OFF BREAK
Traditionally bowled, easy to spot, it spins the same way as the googly. Warne bowls a lot of these offices in the nets for relaxation, but occasionally tosses one into a match just...