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WT20: Adam Gilchrist hails Ashwin's delivery to Amla as 'T20 ball of century'

New Delhi: Ravichandran Ashwin's deceptive carom ball that left South African opener Hashim Amla stunned in the semi-final of the World Twenty20 in Mirpur on Friday has caught the attention of Australian legend Adam Gilchrist.

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Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates with his teammates after taking SA opener Hashim Amla's (right) wicket in Friday’s World T20 semis
Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates with his teammates after taking SA opener Hashim Amla's (right) wicket in Friday’s World T20 semis 

The former wicketkeeper-batsman, known for his explosive stroke play, has hailed Ashwin's delivery as the "Twenty20 ball of the century."

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

The Chennai spinner picked up other vital wickets of SA skipper Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers to finish with three for 22 in his four overs.

However, the star of the match turned out to be Virat Kohli, who smashed a magnificent unbeaten 72 to successfully chase 173-run target to enter the final.

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  • S Ramakrishnasayee08-Apr-2014

    ''UNCONVINCING BOWLING Indian action spinner R. Ashwin’s ‘carromball’ delivery, which bowled Hashim Amla (South Africa) in the T20 semi-final match on Friday, has been hailed by Australian legend Adam Gilchrist. As an ardent fan of the gentleman’s game, I feel that the bowlers must try many tricks without compromising the round-arm action which is an essential ingredient for bowling. Ashwin’s or Sunil Narine’s bowling action is not convincing. S. Ramakrishnasayee, Ranipet.''

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