Every fast bowler who has played the sport at the highest level must have bowled some absolute peach of deliveries. Meanwhile, veteran paceman Sreesanth has recalled the episode of his outswinger to Darren Ganga. It was one such memory that Sreesanth would never forget in his career.
During a chat with Wisden India, Sreesanth narrated the outswinger that he delivered to former West Indies opener Daren Ganga. The right-handed batter was totally bamboozled by the delivery as he ended up getting bowled. The Indian players applauded Sreesanth for bowling a perfect outswinger that came in the form of a lethal yorker.
It was totally “unplayable” and the batsman couldn’t react to the delivery as he was dismissed in the blink of an eye. We are pretty sure that even the batter wouldn’t have forgotten about the way he was dismissed. Sreesanth has dismissed several top-quality batters but the way he dismissed Daren Ganga sets this apart from most other balls.
Sreesanth recalls the best ball he has ever bowled to in his career
The fast bowler also highlighted that the one he bowled to Proteas batting great Jacques Kallis was one of the greatest balls he has ever bowled in his career. He dismissed Kallis with a gem of a delivery in the 2010 Cape Town Test. However, the one he bowled to former West Indies opener Daren Ganga was the best ball in Sreesanth’s career.
Narrating the incident, Sreesanth said, “Yes, [the Jacques] Kallis ball is surely one of the very best I have ever bowled [from the 2010 Cape Town Test]. But the best ball I have ever bowled was to Daren Ganga [during India’s tour of the West Indies in 2006]. I rate that as the No.1 ball I have ever bowled. That was an out-swinging yorker.”
The 39-year-old further added, “I was bowling 123 [kph], 126, 121, 124 [YouTube footage shows Sreesanth bowling in the low 130s prior to the wicket]. Even the commentators were saying ‘He’s tired’. I think it was my sixth or seventh over, and it was very well planned.”
Meanwhile, Sreesanth has returned to first-class cricket after a long gap of nine years in the ongoing Ranji Trophy. The Kerala fast bowler enrolled himself at the IPL 2022 mega auction for his base price of Rs 50 lakh. Unfortunately, he failed to attract bidders and ended up getting unsold at the auction.