Taking a Hat-trick in any form of cricket is a big achievement for bowlers. Especially, in the modern era where the batsmen are piling on runs like a daily routine, we rarely see bowlers taking a hat-trick. Though in IPL, there are many instances of bowlers emulating the triple strike feat. Let’s have a look at all the 18 hat-tricks in the Indian Premier League history.
L Balaji: CSK vs KXIP, IPL 2008
Batsmen dismissed – Irfan Pathan, Piyush Chawla, VRV Singh
The first ever hat-trick in IPL is taken by Chennai Super King’s Lakshmipathy Balaji against Kings XI Punjab in the inaugural edition. CSK posted 181/4 with the help of the fifties from MS Dhoni(60*) & S Badrinath(64). In the chase, Shaun Marsh(58) & Irfan Pathan(40) kept Punjab in the hunt. But Balaji had other plans and he first removed both Marsh & Sarwan. Later when KXIP needed 27 runs in the last over, he scalped a hat-trick with wickets on the third, fourth & fifth balls of the over. He ended with a fifer and his figures read 5/21.
Amit Mishra is the only bowler to take three hat-tricks in IPL history
Amit Mishra took three hat-tricks in the IPL. He is the only bowler in IPL with a hat-trick of hat-tricks. He took the three hat-tricks playing for different franchises and also against different opponents.
DD vs DC, IPL 2008
Batsmen dismissed – Ravi Teja, Pragyan Ojha, RP Singh
Mishra’s first hat-trick is against the Deccan Chargers in the inaugural edition of IPL. Chasing a big 192 runs target, Chargers fought hard to take the match into the last over. Sehwag tossed the ball to Mishra when the Daredevils need to defend 15 runs. Mishra, who already got the big wickets of Shahid Afridi & Herschelle Gibbs, closed the match in the first three balls by picking a hat-trick and deservedly won the Man of the Match award for his figures of 5/13.
DC vs KXIP, IPL 2011
Batsmen dismissed – Ryan McLaren, Mandeep Singh, Ryan Harris
His second hat-trick is against the Kings XI Punjab at Dharamsala, while defending a 198 runs target. Interestingly, Mishra got this one while playing for Deccan Chargers against whom he picked his first hat-trick. In the 16th over of the chase, he got rid-off McLaren, Mandeep & Harris on the third, fourth & fifth balls.
SRH vs PWI, IPL 2013
Batsmen dismissed – Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Ashok Dinda
His last of the three hat-tricks came while playing for Sun Risers Hyderabad against the Pune Warriors India in the 2013 IPL. This hat-trick from Mishra has to be one of the best as it came while defending a modest 119 runs target. With four wickets in hand, Pune is still in with a chance with just 14 runs needed off the last two overs. But Mishra bowled a terrific penultimate over and removed all the remaining four wickets to secure a memorable win for SRH.
Makhaya Ntini: CSK vs KKR, IPL 2008
Batsmen dismissed – Sourav Ganguly, Debabrata Das, David Hussey
Ntini’s hat-trick went unnoticed during the match as he bowled at different stages of the match. First, he got Ganguly on the last ball of the fifth over. Then he didn’t bowl until the 17th over of the innings. He removed Das & David Hussey with the first two balls of the 17th over. CSK won that rain-curtailed match by just 3 runs through the D/L method.
Yuvraj Singh had two IPL hat-tricks
All these years, we all knew Yuvraj Singh for his batting brilliance. But did you know, he also had a couple of IPL hat-tricks? He took two hat-tricks in the second edition of IPL hosted in South Africa.
KXIP vs RCB, IPL 2009
Batsmen dismissed – Robin Uthappa, Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher
In the league game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at Durban, Yuvraj brought himself as the sixth bowler and got a couple of wickets on the last two balls of the 11th over. First, he got Uthappa on the fifth ball of the over. He bowled Kallis on the very next ball. Later, on the first ball of the 13th over, he got Boucher LBW to complete the hat-trick. Although Yuvi also shined with the bat by scoring a fifty, it isn’t enough to stop RCB’s win.
KXIP vs DC, IPL 2009
Batsmen dismissed – Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Symonds, Venugopal Rao
Kings XI Punjab is defending just 134 runs against the Chargers. Yuvraj, who already had a hat-trick in the season in a losing cause against RCB turned his team’s fortunes with another hat-trick. On the last ball of the 11th over, he got Gibbs wicket. On the first ball of the 13th over, he removed Symonds stumped out. On the very next ball, he bowled Venugopal Rao to complete his second hat-trick of the season. Unlike the first hat-trick against RCB, this hat-trick sealed a one-run win for KXIP.
Rohit Sharma: DC vs MI, IPL 2009
Batsmen dismissed – Abhishek Nayar, Harbhajan Singh, JP Duminy
2009 edition IPL in South Africa saw many part-timers taking lots of wickets. In the match against Mumbai Indians at Centurion, Chargers posted just 145 runs. MI was on track for a win before Gilchrist brought Rohit Sharma to bowl. In the 15th over, he got rid-off Nayar & Harbhajan with last two balls and with the first ball of the 17th over, by removing Duminy he completed a memorable hat-trick. Rohit’s surprising bowling handed Chargers a 19 run victory.
Praveen Kumar: RCB vs RR, IPL 2010
Batsmen dismissed – Damien Martyn, Sumit Narwal, Paras Dogra
In match 10 of 2010 IPL, Praveen Kumar’s hat-trick triggered a RR collapse. From 85-4, they slipped to 92 all-out. In the 16th over of Royals innings, Praveen bowled Martyn on the second ball. With a short ball, he got rid-off Sumit Narwal on the third ball of the over. On the very next ball, he bowled Dogra and RR eventually bowled out for just 92 runs which the RCB team chased without losing a wicket.
Ajit Chandila: RR vs PWI, IPL 2012
Batsmen dismissed – Jesse Ryder, Sourav Ganguly, Robin Uthappa
Ajit Chandila had made a dream IPL debut by picking a hat-trick with his first seven balls. With the last two balls of his first over, he removed Ryder and Ganguly. With the first ball of his second over, he got Uthappa stumped to complete a memorable debut hat-trick. Later, he scalped another one to end with figures of 4/13 and deservedly won the Man of the Match award.
Sunil Narine: KKR vs KXIP, IPL 2013
Batsmen dismissed – David Hussey, Azhar Mahmood, Gurkeerat Singh
Sunil Narine’s hat-trick is one of the four hat-tricks that ended on a losing side. Bowling first, KKR restricted KXIP to 157 as Narine shined with a hat-trick. He removed Hussey, Azhar & Gurkeerat with the last three balls of the 15th over. But Gony’s 23 runs over spoiled the day for Narine which eventually made a difference in the end as KKR failed to chase the target and fell short by four runs.
Pravin Tambe: RR vs KKR, IPL 2014
Batsmen dismissed – Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate
With the fifties from Uthappa & Gambhir, KKR is well on track to chase the 171 run target set by the Royals. Watson removed both the openers and Russell to give RR some hope. Though KKR is still in contention until Pravin Tambe’s 16th over. He got three wickets in just two balls courtesy of a wide-ball stumping. He removed Pandey by bowling a wide ball and took a good return catch from Yusuf. He was lucky with the Doeschate LBW decision
Shane Watson: RR vs SRH, IPL 2014
Batsmen dismissed – Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Karn Sharma
In a league game against Sunrisers, Watson bowled Dhawan on the last ball of the fourth over. Again he returned to bowl only in the 17th over. With the first two balls, he removed Henriques & Karn Sharma to record a hat-trick. Though Rajasthan failed to chase the 140-run target set by SRH and fell short by 32 runs and Watson’s bowling performance went in vain.
Axar Patel: KXIP vs GL, IPL 2016
Batsmen dismissed – Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja
Axar Patel took the wickets of three genuine T20 batsmen to complete a memorable hat-trick. In a league game against Gujarat Lions, while defending 154 runs, Axar delivered with a hat-trick to secure a win for Punjab. In the sixth over of GL’s innings, he removed Dwayne Smith on the third ball and got the big wickets of Karthik & Bravo with the last two balls of the over. Later, he returned in 10th over and with his first ball, he got the wicket of R Jadeja and with figures of 4/21.
Samuel Badree: RCB vs MI, IPL 2017
Batsmen dismissed – Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rohit Sharma
Another hat-trick that went in a losing cause is Samuel Badree’s sensational spell against Mumbai Indians. RCB posted just 142 runs on the board courtesy of some fine bowling from Mumbai. But Badree gave RCB a hope by picking a hat-trick in the third over of the innings. He got Parthiv Patel caught out on the second ball of the over. On the third ball, he removed McClenaghan, who came in as a pinch hitter. Then he bowled Rohit with a beautiful delivery to complete the hat-trick. Although, Pollard’s 70 took MI to home with four wickets in hand.
Andrew Tye: GL vs RPS, IPL 2017
Batsmen dismissed – Ankit Mishra, Manoj Tiwari, Shardul Thakur
Like Ajit Chandila, Andrew Tye also took a hat-trick on his IPL debut. In the last over of Pune’s batting, Tye recorded a hat-trick by removing Ankit, M Tiwari & Shardul with the first three balls of the over. Along with this, earlier he took key wickets of Stokes and Tripathi also. He took 5 for 17 in his four overs and won the M.O.M award.
Jaydev Unadkat: RPS vs SRH, IPL 2017
Batsmen dismissed – Bipul Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Unadkat’s hat-trick came while defending 148 runs against a strong Sunrisers team. First, he got rid-off Yuvraj & Naman Ojha before taking the hat-trick in the final over. These two wickets almost sealed a win for RR and when 13 runs needed off the final over, he removed Bipul Sharma, Rashid Khan & Bhuvneshwar to confirm a win for RPS. He ended with figures of 5/30 in his four overs and deservedly won the Man of the Match award.
Sam Curran: KXIP vs DC, IPL 2018
Batsmen dismissed – Colin Ingram, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane
Sam Curran is the latest hat-trick hero of IPL. Kings XI Punjab was almost out of the match against Delhi with just 23 runs needed in 3 overs. Then Curran arrived and bowled a brilliant over to turn the match. In his first three balls, he conceded just three singles and got Colin Ingram on the fourth ball. He bowled a dot on the fifth ball and removed Harshal Patel with the last delivery of the over. With 15 runs needed off the final over, he bowled both Rabada & Lamichhane with fine yorkers to secure a memorable win for his franchise.