It is a dream of every bowlers to take a hat-trick or a haul at some of point of their cricket career. Lucky are those who could fulfil this dream in their debut matches itself. This article is dedicated to those 5 debutants who took a hattrick in cricket and created this record.
1. Taijul Islam
On 1st December 2014, Taijmul Islam made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe. The Bangladeshi left arm spinner is the first bowler with a hattrick in his ODI debut. He took a 4 wicket haul in his ODI debut match including a hat-trick. He picked his first ODI wicket in the 26th over, his 6th over, and then continued to take 3 more wickets which resulted in a hat-trick. The Zimbabwe cricketers he sent back by his hat-trick were Tinashe Panyangara, John Nyumbu, and Tendai Chatara.
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2. Kagiso Rabada
A young South African cricketer made his ODI debut against Bangladesh on 10 July 2015 and became one of the strongest pillars of the South African cricket team in no time. In the first match of the ODI series, he made his debut and shocked the world by taking a 6-wicket haul against Bangladesh. The 50-over ODI match was reduced to a 40 over match because of rain delay. Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat and the innings was opened with Rabada. In his first over, he conceded only 2 runs and began picking up wickets from his 3rd over. He took a hat-trick in his 3rd over and picked up the wickets of Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, and Mahmudullah. Lastly in the next 7th, 28th and 30th overs, he scalped the rest 3 wickets and single-handedly won the match for South Africa. Rabada’s 6/16 is indeed the best bowling figure on ODI debut.
3. Wanindu Hasaranga
The Sri Lankan leg spinner, Wanindu Hasaranga made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2017. In the second match of the series, the condition of Zimbabwe’s batting lineup was a bit critical and the debutante made it worse in his 3rd over. He picked up his first wicket by bowling onto the stumps and then continued with two googlies is which resulted in two more wickets in his name. He played incredibly well and picked up back-to-back wickets of Malcolm Waller, Donald Tiripano, and Tendai Chatara.
4. Shehan Madushanka
In the final of a tri-series tournament against Bangladesh, we witnessed one of Sri Lanka’s newest fast bowling talent. Shehan Madhushanka made his ODI debut in this match and picked up a hat-trick against Bangladesh. Bangladesh lost their important wickets and was hopeful and dependent on Muhammadullah to score runs to win the match. But the debutant made sure to cause a loss for Bangladesh and picked up the wickets of Mahmadullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, and Rubel Hossain.
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5. Nathan Ellis
The 5th debutant to take a hat-trick in cricket is Nathan Ellis of Australia. He is the third Australian bowler to take a hat-trick in T20I and the first in cricket history to achieve this in his T20I debut match. In the 3rd T20 match against Bangladesh at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Dhaka on 6 August 2021, he picked up 3 wickets consecutively in the final over. He picked up the wickets of Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman, and Mahedi Hasan with 3/34 in four overs.