'Crazy!': 'Naughty' Judd Trump shot against Ronnie O'Sullivan has Crucible fans roaring at World Championship
Some of the snooker played by both Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump has been simply spectacular this fortnight at the World Championship with both players turning it on in the final as the conclusion of their battle neared its conclusion on Monday. Trump managed to pull off a shot on the pink that drew loud roars from the Crucible crowd as it flew into a pocket few expected it to go in.
'Crazy! Naughty! Unbelievable!' - Trump rockets in outrageous pink against O'Sullivan
There was no obvious pot on, and if there was it would have been to drill a long shot on the pink the length of the table into the far corner pocket.
Instead, the flamboyant Trump blasted a ferocious shot to send the pink careering into the middle pocket at a ridiculous angle. It was a quite absurd shot, and one that got the Crucible crowd cheering very loudly indeed.
"Wahey, what about that!" exclaimed Philip Studd, on commentary for Eurosport.
"Crazy! Naughty, but nice!"
Former world champion Joe Johnson added: "Unbelievable!"
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It really was Trump at his very best, and it helped inspire a much-needed resurgence at a crucial stage in the showpiece match of the World Championship after O'Sullivan had dominated proceedings on Sunday.
The Rocket was just six frames away from a record-equalling seventh world title upon the resumption on Monday after having blown Trump away to lead the final 12-5 overnight.
With the pressure on Trump, who needed at least three frames in the afternoon to ensure that the tournament showdown headed to the final session, shots such as this helped him to stage the mini-resistance that was so desperately required.
It is the fifth occasion in O’Sullivan’s illustrious career that he has occupied the world No. 1 ranking and the first time since 2019. The 46-year-old could draw level with fellow snooker legend Stephen Hendry's tally of Crucible triumphs if he is able to close out victory over Trump, who has not won the World Championship since his solitary crown back in 2019.
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