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Cricket World Cup: A lookback at the first five hat-tricks in the ICC World Cup.

Chetan Sharma


India’s right-arm medium pacer, Chetan Sharma holds the record of picking up the first World Cup hat-trick. He achieved this milestone against New Zealand in the 1987 World Cup by dismissing Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Evan Chatfield in three consecutive deliveries.

Saqlain Mushtaq

Pakistan’s right-arm off-break bowler, Saqlain Mustaq took the second hat-trick in the World Cup. After the gap of 12 years, playing against Zimbabwe in the 1999 World Cup, the spinner dismissed Henry Olonga, Adam Huckle and Pommie Mbangwa to join the list. 

Chaminda Vaas

The legendary Sri Lankan left-arm pacer, Chaminda Vaas became the third bowler in the World Cup to take a hat -trick. In the 2003 World Cup, against Bangladesh, he took back to back three wickets in the first three balls of the match sending Hannan Sarkar, Mohammad Ashraful and Ehsanul Haque to pavilion.

Brett Lee


Former Australian speed gun, Brett Lee became the second bowler in 2003 and fourth in the overall World Cup history to pick up a hat-trick. He accomplished this milestone against Kenya in Durban. He exploited Kenya’s batting line up after dismissing Kennedy Ontieno, Brijal Patel and David Obuya in three successive deliveries.

Lasith Malinga


In the 2007 World Cup edition, Sri Lanka’s pacer Lasith Malinga became the first bowler in One-Day Internationals history to pick up four wickets in four consecutive deliveries. Playing against South Africa, he dismissed Jacques Kallis, Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall and Makhaya Ntini in order to achieve that milestone. 

In the 2011 World cup the veteran pacer, Lasith Malinga destroyed Kenya ‘s batting line up to take his second hat trick in the World Cup, the first bowler in the World cup history to pick two hat-tricks. 

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