Taking wickets is one of the hardest things to do in cricket. It requires meticulous planning to outfox batsmen and send them back to the pavilion. However, there are some bowlers in this sport who have dismissed not 1 or 2, but 3 batsmen on 3 consecutive balls. Let’s look at the list of bowlers to take hat-trick in the World T20 Cup.
1. B. Lee
The legendary speedster from Sydney was the first bowler to take a hat-trick in the World T20 Cup. Lee achieved this feat against Bangladesh in Match-14 of the first edition of the tournament. In the 17th over of the first innings, Lee dismissed S. Al Hasan, M. Murtaza and A. Kapali of three consecutive deliveries. As the Bangladesh lower order was completely dismantled by Lee, they were restricted to a total of 123 which the Aussies chased in just 14 overs and won by 9 wickets.
2. C. Campher
The Irish bowler became the 2nd bowler to take a hat-trick in World T20 Cup after B. Lee. In the 2021 edition, Campher joined this elite list of bowlers. However, Campher excelled Lee as he became the first bowler to take 4 wickets in 4 consecutive deliveries in the World T20 Cup. Camper achieved this feat against Netherlands in the 10th over of the 1st innings and his victims were C. Ackermann, R. ten Doeschate, S. Edwards and R. van der Merwe.
3. W. Hasaranga
Team: Sri Lanka
Spin maestro from Sri Lanka, Hasaranga became the 3rd bowler to take a hat-trick in the World T20 Cup. The leading wicket-taker of 2021 World T20 Cup, Hasaranga claimed 3 of his 16 scalps in 3 consecutive balls against South Africa at Sharjah. He sent A. Markram, T. Bavuma and D. Pretorius back to the pavilion. However, his efforts were in vain as Sri Lanka lost the match by 4 wickets in the final over.
4. K. Rabada
Team: South Africa
The ‘Man with the Golden Arm’, Rabada became the 3rd bowler to take a hat-trick at the 2021 World T20 Cup. He registered his name in the history books against a strong England side. England chasing 190, required 14 runs in the final over, however, Rabada had some other plans. He sent C. Woakes, English captain E. Morgan and pacer C. Jordan, back to the dressing room on the first 3 balls of the final over. Thanks to heroics from Rabada, South Africa won the match by 10 runs.
5. K. Meiyappan
Team: United Arab Emirates
Indian-born, K. Meiyappan became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in the ongoing edition of World T20 Cup. At the age of 22 years and 10 days, he is also the youngest bowler to achieve this feat. The leg-spinner toppled the Sri Lankan middle order in the final 3 balls of the 15th over to complete his hat-trick. His victims were the dangerous B. Rajapaksa, C. Asalanka and captain D. Shanaka. After C. Campher, he is the 2nd bowler from an associate cricket nation to take a hat-trick in tournament’s history.
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