Top 10 hat-tricks in International Cricket
In Cricket, when a bowler takes three wickets in 3 consecutive balls or dismisses three different batsmen on three different balls then its called a hat-trick. So far, 39 players have taken hat-trick 43 times in the history of Test cricket.
On the other hand, so far, 49 hat-tricks have been taken in the history of ODI matches, and in the newest and shortest format of cricket means in T20 has taken 12 hat-tricks in international cricket.
104 hat-tricks of wickets have been put up in Test, ODI, and T20 cricket.
But today we will discuss the top 10 hat-tricks taken by the cricketers until now in cricket history.
Former Indian cricketer Chetan Sharma is the first Indian bowler to have taken a hat-trick in an international career. Chetan Sharma took a hat-trick against New Zealand on October 31 in the 1987 World Cup played in Nagpur. This hat-trick was accompanied by the first World Cup hat-trick. India won the match by 9 wickets. Chetan Sharma gives the send off to the pavilion by dismissing Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith, and Ewen Chatfield one after the other.
2.Jimmy Matthews (Australia 1912)
Jimmy Matthews is the only player to have taken hat-trick wickets in both innings of a Test match. Yes, you have read it right this man takes hat-trick in both innings of a test match. On 28th May 1912 Jimmy Matthews gets this feat against South Africa in the first innings his first wicket is Herbie Taylor on the next ball he removed Reggie Schwarz and on the third ball, he takes the wicket of Tommy Ward and completes his hat-trick in the first innings.
In the second innings on the first ball he removed Ronald Beaumont on the second ball he uprooted the middle stump of the Sid Pegler and with removing the Tommy Ward on the third ball he became the only player in cricket history to take a hat-trick in two consecutive innings of test cricket.
3.Kapil Dev (India 1991)
The great Indian cricketer and legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev also takes hat-trick in the year 1991 against the Sri-Lankan team. During his hat trick on the first ball he removed Roshan Mahanama, on the next ball he removed Ramesh Ratnayake, and on hat-trick ball he the wicket of legendary Srilankan batsman Sanath Jayasuriya and takes he first and an only hat-trick in international cricket.
4.Shane Warne (Australia 1994)
The legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne takes the hat-trick against Australis’s all-time rival team England in 1994. At that time the Warne is on the peak of his cricket carrier. On the first ball he removed Phil De Pretes, on the next ball he takes the wicket of great English cricketer Darren Gough and on the third ball, he removed the Devon Malcolm and join the list of the great ballers who takes the hat-trick in test cricket.
5.Wasim Akram (Pakistan 1999)
The legendary Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram is the only player in the world who takes the hat-trick twice in the year against the same team in the same test series. Yes, in 1999 he takes two hat-tricks on two different occasions against the SriLankan team. But on this list, we talk about the first hat-trick he takes. On the first ball Akram removed Avishka Gunawardhne, on the next ball he sends legendary Sri Lankan pacer Chaminda Vaas to the pavilion on the first ball he facing and on third by removing the legendary Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene the Akram completes his first hat-trick in world cricket.
6.Jalal-Ud-din (Pakistan 1982)
Pakistani pacer Jalaluddin was the first bowler to take a hat-trick wicket in ODI cricket. Yes, you read it right, in the cricket world, the first hat-trick in ODIs was taken by the Pakistani pacer Jalal-Ud-din against Australia on 20 September 1982. On the first ball during taking the hat-trick, he removed Rodney Marsh, on the next ball he sends Bruce Yadley to the Pavillion, and on the third ball, he takes the wicket of Geoff Lawson and made the history as the first cricketer to take a hat-trick in ODI cricket.
7.Harbhajan Singh (India 2001)
Harbhajan Singh is the third Indian player to take a hat-trick in international cricket but he is the first Indian cricketer who has taken a hat-trick in Test cricket. The second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy was held in 2001 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. In the first inning of this match, Harbhajan Singh sent Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, and Shane Warne out one after the other and written his name in golden letters in Indian cricket history.
8.Bret Lee (Australia 2001)
The first hat-trick in T20 International (T20I) was taken by Australian pacer Brett Lee. Brett Lee achieved this feat against Bangladesh on 16 September 2007. During taking the hat-trick, on the first ball Lee removed Shakib Al Hasan, on the next ball he came with a riper on the stumps and sends Mortza to the pavilion by uprooting his middle stump, on the third ball he removed Alok Kapali with the LBW and became the first cricketer to take a hat-trick in International T-20 cricket.
9.Irfan Pathan (India 2006)
Among the Indian players, the fourth bowler to take a hat-trick is Irfan Pathan, who achieved this feat by taking three wickets in a very first over of the third Test match against Pakistan in 2006. The match was to be played at the National Stadium in Karachi and India won the toss and decided to bowl first. Irfan Pathan bowled the first three dot balls in his 6-ball over and then sent Salman Batt, Younis Khan, and Mohammad Yusuf back to the pavilion on the next three balls.
10.Lasith Malinga (Sri-Lanka 2019)
Lasith Malinga is the only bowler in history to have taken more than one hat-trick in T-20 International’s cricket. But here we discuss the feat he achieved against New Zealand when he takes four wickets in four balls. During the process, Malinga bowled Colin Munro for 12 runs off the third ball of the third over of the New Zealand innings. After this, on the fourth ball, he dismissed James Rutherford LBW at zero. He took the third wicket of Grand Home. He made the grand home clean bold at zero. He made his fourth victim, Ross Taylor. He dismissed Taylor to LBW at zero.