IPL is set to start on Saturday. It has a history of 12 seasons and it has seen some incredible and unbelievable hat-tricks, including from part-time bowlers. Cricwizz takes a look at few bizarre or least expected hat-tricks from players in IPL history.
Rohit Sharma’s hat-trick against Mumbai Indians in 2009 IPL
Rohit was then playing for Deccan Chargers under the captaincy of Adam Gilchrist. Mumbai Indians were cruising chasing 146 for a win, with 46 runs required off the last 5 overs, and JP Duminy was leading the chase. Gilchrist then tossed the ball to Rohit, who has hardly bowled in competitive cricket.
But Rohit was spot on, first bowling out Abhishek Nayar on the fifth ball, and then Harbhajan Singh playing down in the next. In his first ball of his next over, Rohit got Duminy to edge behind to Gilly to seal the unexpected hat-trick. Rohit took another wicket in the over to end with 4 for just 6 runs, and was awarded man of the match.
Pravin Tambe’s hat-trick against KKR in IPL 2014
Rajasthan Royals had gambled on the then 42-yr-old leg-spinner Pravin Tambe, and the veteran replied with a hat-trick to seal a match against KKR for them. KKR were cruising, needing 49 runs off 5 overs, with Shakib Al Hasan and Manish Pandey at the crease. But Tambe turned it around.
In the first ball, he anticipated Pandey to step out, and bowled a wide, and Sanju Samson did the rest, stumping the batsman out. Yusuf Pathan then smacked the ball straight to Tambe in the next ball, before Ryan ten Doeschate was out LBW on the hat-trick ball.
Sam Curran’s hat-trick against Delhi Capitals in 2019 IPL
Delhi Capitals were on top, needing 23 runs off 21 balls against KXIP. But a young England pacer in Sam Curran turned it around for Punjab. After two quick wickets fell, Curran came on to bowl the 18th over to first dismiss Colin Ingram out in the 4th ball. On the 6th ball, he dismissed Harshal Patel caught behind for duck.
He came on to bowl the 20th over to dismiss the stumps twice in 2 balls of K Rabada, and Sandeep Lamichhane to take a hat-trick and bowl Punjab to a memorable win. DC lost 6 wickets for just 8 runs – a record in IPL.
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