In a Group 3 game in the ongoing County Championship between Lancashire and Northamptonshire, Matt Parkinson, the 24-year-old leg-spinner returned with 6 wickets. One of which was of the left-handed batsman Saif Zaib in Northamptonshire’s second innings which has sparked debate amongst fans and pundits.
During the 42nd over Northamptonshire’s chase of 425 runs, Matt Parkinson ripped one leg-break from around the wicket to Saif Zaib, who was batting at 4. The ball pitched straight into the rough outside Zaib’s off-stump, and with an explosion on the surface turned big and into him. The batter moved towards the off side to cover the line of the delivery but such was the vicious turn he couldn’t get his bat anywhere near the ball, and it hit him on the pads.
However, the debate which has emerged is because Zaib is seen moving his willow in an unsure attempt to play the ball; but the umpire didn’t think so. While some fans feel the shot was not offered and the umpire was correct, others opine the batter attempted to play the delivery.
— Lancashire Cricket (@lancscricket) April 18, 2021
Matt Parkinson’s “Ball of the century” earns praise from Shane Warne
Earlier in the game, during Northamptonshire’s first innings, Matt Parkinson, who has played 2 ODIs and 2 T20Is for England, bowled a delivery which resembled that of Shane Warne’s “Ball of the Century” to dismiss Mike Gatting in the 1993 Ashes at the same venue, Old Trafford.
Matt Parkinson dismissed Adam Rossington with a leg-break which pitched outside leg and turned big to hit the top of the off stump, much similar to Warne’s magical delivery to Gatting. The Australian himself was impressed by it and congratulated the youngster.
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) April 17, 2021