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700 International Wickets Club

700 International Wickets Club

2. Shane Warne

Shane Warne revolutionised cricket with his mastery over leg spin, a dying art revived by Warne. Controversial yes, but Warne has reserved himself a place in cricketing posterity as he was the one who overturned the domination of cricket by fast bowling as he took a whooping 1001 wickets during his tenure. Warne combined the ability to turn the ball, with spot on accuracy to trouble the batsmen even in unhelpful conditions. He had many variations up his sleeve especially the flipper to trouble the batsmen. Warne was instrumental in helping Australia win the 1999 Cricket World Cup in England. He bowled the famous “Gatting Ball”, also known as the “Ball of the Century” which turned sharply and bowled a bemused Mike Gatting in the 1993 Ashes series. Andrew strauss became his 700 victim as he became the first bowler to reach 700 wickets.
The bowling great led Rajasthan Royals who were considered minnows to victory in the first edition of the IPL. He was named the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in the 1994, Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World 1997, Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for the year 2004 in 2005. In 2000, he was selected by a panel of experts as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, the only specialist bowler selected and the only one still playing at the time.

Shane Warne
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