One of the rarest moments in One-day International matches is a hat-trick by a bowler. In ODIs, the overs are limited along with the chances. So facing the batsmen and picking up wickets consecutively thrice is not a child's play. For a successful hat-trick, an individual bowler needs to take three wickets consecutively in the very same match. There have been many instances where the bowler could take wickets consecutively twice, but you need exceptional skills and some good luck for a hat-trick. Only 10 cricketers have been able to reach this prestigious milestone and now let us take a look at all the 11 cricketers with hat-trick in cricket world cup.
The former Indian cricketer made his International debut in 1984 against Pakistan. The Indian medium-pacer remained a major part of the team quite a few times. At many matches like the 1985 Test against Sri Lanka where he took 14 wickets in 3 tests. When it comes to World Cup, he was a part of the 1987 World Cup where he became the first-ever bowler to take a hat-trick in ODIs. In that match, he picked up the wickets of New Zealand's Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith, and Ewen Chatfield.
The next cricketer to take hat-trick in World Cup is Saqlain Mushtaq of the Pakistan cricket team. According to a statistical analysis by Wisden, he is the greatest ODI spinner of all time. Also, he is the first bowler to pick up 100, 150, 200, and 250 wickets in ODI matches. With his exceptional spinning skills, he became the record holder of the most wickets (69) in ODIs in 1997. Firstly, only two spinners have been able to take a hat-trick in ODI and he is one of them. Secondly, he is the second of only four bowlers to take 2 hat tricks in ODI.
Chaminda Vaas, the former Sri Lanka cricketer, is regarded as the best Sri Lankan fast bowler ever. He has played cricket in all forms and remained the former captain of the Sri Lankan ODI team as well. By his consistent line and length and accuracy on the field, he often picked up many crucial wickets. He became the leading wicket-taker in the 2003 cricket world cup where he took 23 wickets. In that series, he picked up a hat-trick in the very first three deliveries against Bangladesh and made the record of being the first bowler to take a hat-trick in the first three balls of the match.
The next cricketer among these 11 is Brett Lee from the Australian Cricket team. He is undoubtedly one of the best fast bowlers in cricket history. Lee was a part of the Australian squad in the 2003 and 2011 World Cups. He joined the international ODI team in 2008 his debut against Pakistan in the Carlton and United Breweries series. In the 2003 World Cup, he picked up a hat-trick against Kenya and became the first Australian bowler and the fourth bowler ever to reach this milestone. In 2006 he was ranked the number 1 ODI bowler by the ICC.
The veteran cricketer from the Sri Lankan cricket team is one of the four bowlers to take two hat tricks in ODI cricket. His skills and techniques used during bowling are also sometimes referred to as "Slinga Malinga". He was a part of the 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019 World Cup. In World Cup, he is the only bowler to pick up 2 hat tricks. Not only that he has also taken 4 wickets in consecutive 4 balls twice and overall 3 hat tricks in ODI. In the 2007 Cricket World Cup Super 8 match against South Africa, he became the first-ever cricketer to pick up 4 consecutive wickets in 4 balls. He picked up his second hat-trick against Kenya in the 2011 World Cup. In all the forms of international cricket, he has the highest record of most hat-tricks.
In the 2011 World Cup, Kemar Roach picked up his first hat-trick against the Netherlands. The former West Indies cricketer destroyed the Netherlands in that match by picking up 6 wickets. He also became the second cricketer from West Indies to pick up a hat-trick after Jerome Taylor in ODIs but he is the first West Indies player to take a hat-trick in World Cup.
The English bowler picked up his first hat-trick in World Cup against Australia in the 2015 World Cup. The 6'7" tall cricketer made his ODI debut in 2011 against Australia. The 2015 world cup was his first ODI World Cup and he took his first hat-trick in cricket in his first debut match itself. In that match, he picked up a total of five wickets but the winner of the match was Australia.
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The former South African cricketer ODI debut in 2004 against Sri Lanka. He has been a part of the South African World Cup team in 2011, 2015 World Cups. In the 2015 World Cup, he picked up his first hat-trick in cricket World Cup against Sri Lanka. He bagged his hat-trick at a very crucial moment in the quarter-final match.
One of the pillars of the Indian bowling lineup especially in test matches is Mohammed Shami. The reverse swing specialist picked up his first hat-trick in the World Cup ODI against Afghanistan in the 2019 World Cup and helped the team to win the 50th match in the World Cup. He was also a part of the 2015 world cup team where he was included in the World ODI XI by the ICC due to his great performance. Also, in 2019 became the fastest Indian bowler to pick up 100 wickets in ODI.
One of the best bowlers from the New Zealand bowling lineup is Trent Boult. He is even the number 1 ranked bowler in the men's ODI bowling rankings right now. He made his ODI debut in 2012 against West Indies. In the 2019 world cup picked up his first hat-trick in cricket in the ODI against Australia. He is the first bowler from New Zealand to take a hat-trick in World Cup. Also in the 2015 cricket World Cup, he became the joint leading wicket-taker.