Hat trick is something that depicts about huge volumes in sports. In Cricket it has even more value because it means that you have to take three wickets in three consecutive deliveries which no doubt is a hard act to feat. But there has been times that a bowler has done the unthinkable and have picked up three wickets, thus rattling the opposition.
Indians have not been a dominating side in terms of bowling from the early days, but three bowlers have managed a hat trick in the One Day format of the game, while the memory of the latest one must still be vivid among the psyche of Indian cricket lovers.
It was Chetan Sharma who first bagged a hat trick in ODIs for India. Then it was Kapil Dev and now there is the name of left arm chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav who achieved a hat trick just a couple of days ago.
Chetan Sharma was the first Indian to bag a hat trick
Chetan Sharma vs New Zealand, 1987:
Chetan Sharma did it at Vidarbha Stadium in Nagpur in year of 1987. India were playing the Kiwis in the World Cup and the fast bowler cleaned up three of the black caps batsmen through his fiery spell. Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield, all were bowled. His one was also the first hat trick in the World Cup. India won the match by 9 wickets thanks to an unbeaten century by Sunil Gavaskar.
Kapil Dev vs Sri Lanka, 1991:
Kapil Dev, India’s World Cup winning captain got this hat trick at the Eden Gardens. He was one of the best all rounders at the time and his accuracy along with pace was a reason of bother for the Lankan batsmen.
Roshan Mahanama, Rumesh Ratnayake and Sanath Jayasuriya were his victims. It was the final of the Asia Cup and Kapil Dev restricted the Sri Lankan total to just over 200. India achieved the target with ease as Sanjay Manjrekar starred with the bat with an unbeaten 75. A teenager named Sachin Tendulkar also scored a handy half century and helped India to lift the trophy.
Kapil Dev led India won the first World Cup in 1983
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Kuldeep Yadav vs Australia, 2017:
It took 26 years for another Indian to add India’s tally in the hat trick column in ODIs. And it was Eden Gardens again. The great ground has seen it all and now it was the turn of young left arm Chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav to struck thrice in three deliveries. Matthew Wade chopped the ball on to the stumps and Ashton Agar followed him to the dressing room as he was struck in front. A nervy Pat Cummins couldn’t survive in the hattrick ball as he edged one to Dhoni’s gloves. Eden erupted and a joyous Kuldeep also wrote his name in the history books.
India posted 252 while batting first as captain Virat Kohli scored a flawless 92. Aussies in reply bundled out for 202 as Kuldeep Yadav picked up three wickets. Bhuvneshwar Kumar though were the pick of the bowlers as his figures shown 6.1-2-9-3 .