Naseem Shah, the right-arm fast bowler for Pakistan, is just 4 Tests old, but he has already gone places. He has a five-wicket haul and a hat-trick to his name in his young Test career.
The best thing about his hat-trick as it makes him the youngest Test cricketer to achieve such a feat.
Here’s a list of five youngest players to take a hat-trick in Test cricket.
The fast bowler was just 16 years and 359 days old when he took a hat-trick against Bangladesh at Rawalpindi recently. He took the wickets of Najmul Hossain Shanto, Taijul Islam and Mahmudullah to take his hat-trick. Pakistan won the Test by an innings and 44 runs.
Alok Kapali of Bangladesh
Kapali was 19 years and 240 days old when he became the youngest player to take a Test hat-trick before the record was broken by Naseem Shah. Co-incidentally, Kapali took the hat-trick against Pakistan at Peshawar in 2003. Bangladesh lost that match.
Abdul Razzaq of Pakistan
He’s the second Pakistan player in five youngest players to take a Test hat-trick. He was 20 years and 202 days old when he took the hat-trick against Sri Lanka at Galle in 2000.
Harbhajan Singh of India
Remember the famous Kolkata Test in 2001. It is best remembered for VVS Laxman’s 281 against Australia. But it was Harbhajan’s match as well. Harbhajan took a hat-trick in the match, dismissing Steve Waugh, Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne. He was just 20 years and 251 days old.
Geoff Griffin of South Africa
Griffin was 21 years and 12 days old when he became the youngest to take a Test hat-trick. The record stood for 40 yrs before it was broken by Abdul Razzaq. Griffin took the hat-trick against England at Lord’s in 1960.