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Players to take hat-tricks in the T20 World Cup

Let's look at the players who have taken hattricks in the T20 Cricket World Cup. Australian legendary pacer Brett Lee was the first bowler to achieve this feat in the 2007 Twenty-20 World Cup.

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Brett Lee was the first-ever bowler to take a hattrick in the T20 Cricket World Cup

Brett Lee was the first-ever bowler to take a hattrick in the T20 Cricket World Cup | Image: X

The ICC T20 World Cup 2024 will be played in America and West Indies from June 2 to 29. The overs for a bowler in T20 matches are comparatively lesser than the other formats. And excelling magnificently during those 4 overs is a huge task and only a few can do it. Till today, only six players could pick hat-tricks in the T20 World Cup. In this article, we'll look at the players who took the hat-tricks in T20 World Cup matches.

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Players to take hat-tricks in the T20 Cricket World Cup

Brett Lee - 2007 against Bangladesh

T20 World Cup: Brett Lee took the hattrick against Bangladesh
T20 World Cup: Brett Lee took the hattrick against Bangladesh | Image - Sky Sports

Seventeen years ago in 2007, Brett Lee stunned the world after scalping a hat-trick in the T20 World Cup against Bangladesh. He wrote this history in Cape Town after becoming the first-ever bowler to achieve this feat. This was one of the most exciting and memorable moments from the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup.

Brett Lee came to bowl his second spell at the 17th over and changed the game entirely. Aftab Ahmed and Shakib Al Hasan were on the pitch and Shakib was on strike. The batters scored 5 runs from the first two balls and the game started changing from the third ball of the over. Lee picked up the first wicket by sending Shakib Al Hasan to the pavilion followed by Ashraf Murtaza and Alok Kapali. After this remarkable performance, the Aussie pacer registered history. He is the only bowler with hat tricks in both formats of the World Cup.

Curtis Campher - 2021 against the Netherlands

Curtis Campher: Players to take hat-tricks in T20 World Cup | SportzPoint.com
Curtis Campher took the hattrick against Netherlands | Image - CricTracker.com

After so many years of the history made by Brett Lee, Curtis Campher joined the former Australian cricketer in scalping a hat-trick in the T20 Cricket World Cup. Curtis became the first Irish bowler to pick a T20I hat-trick, and the second-ever bowler to take a hat-trick in the T20 Cricket World Cup. He also became the third bowler to take 4 wickets in 4 balls in T20IS. In the match against the Netherlands, the Ireland pacer picked up 4 wickets in 4 balls in Abu Dhabi. He came to bowl the 10th over and dismissed Colin Ackerman, Ryan ten Doeschate, Scott Edwards, and Roelof van der Merwe. 

Wanindu Hasaranga - 2021 against South Africa

Hasaranga delivered a sensational spell against South Africa in the 2021 T20 Cricket World Cup edition
Hasaranga delivered a sensational spell against South Africa in the 2021 T20 Cricket World Cup edition | Image: X

Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga became the only third bowler in history to take a hat-trick in T20 World Cups in the 2021 campaign against South Africa. Hasaranga took wickets in three successive deliveries in Sharjah. Hasaranga removed Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma, and Dwayne Pretorious in successive deliveries across overs 15 and 18. The 24-year-old finished with figures of 4-0-20-3, which dented South Africa's chase of 143 but David Miller pulled his side across the line in the final over.

Kagiso Rabada - 2021 against England

Kagiso Rabada took the hattrick against England in the Twenty 20 World Cup 2021
Kagiso Rabada took the hattrick against England in the Twenty 20 World Cup 2021 | Image: AP

South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada took a hat-trick against England in the Twenty20 World Cup. Rabada dismissed Chris Woakes, skipper Eoin Morgan, and Chris Jordan on successive deliveries of his final over to complete the feat in Sharjah. Rabada finished with figures of 3 for 48, after suffering an expensive first spell but England fell short of the target by 10 runs. The win was not sufficient for the Proteas to qualify for the semifinals as they lost out to Australia who had a superior net run rate (NRR).

Karthik Meiyappan - 2022 against Sri Lanka

Karthik Meiyappan became the first player from an associate nation to pick the hattrick against a test playing nation in Men's World Cups
Karthik Meiyappan became the first player from an associate nation to pick the hattrick against a test-playing nation in Men's World Cups | Image: AFP

UAE leg spinner Karthik Meiyappan took the first hat-trick of the 2022 T20 Cricket World Cup against Sri Lanka in Geelong. Meiyappan began by removing Bhanuka Rajapaksa in the 15th over. He removed Charith Asalanka in the next delivery and then he completed his hat-trick by dismissing Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka. Meiyappan also became the first player from an associate team to take a hat-trick against a Test team in men’s World Cups. He finished with figures of 3 for 19 from four overs.

Josh Little - 2022 against New Zealand

Josh Little took the hattrick against New Zealand in the Twenty 20 World Cup 2022
Josh Little took the hattrick against New Zealand in the Twenty 20 World Cup 2022 | Image: AFP

Ireland's Joshua Little wrote himself into the history books as he claimed a hat-trick during the Super 12s match against New Zealand. Little claimed the feat in the 19th over and conceded just three runs while picking up the three wickets. He picked up the wickets of Kane Williamson, Jimmy Neesham, and Mitchell Santner to become the second Irish bowler after Curtis Campher to pick up a hat-trick in the tournament.

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Player 

Figures 

Team 

Opposition 

Year 

Brett Lee 

3/27 

Australia 

Bangladesh 

2007 

Curtis Campher 

4/26 

Ireland 

Netherlands 

2021 

Wanindu Hasaranga 

3/20 

Sri Lanka 

South Africa 

2021 

Kagiso Rabada 

3/48 

South Africa 

England 

2021 

Karthik Meiyappan 

3/19 

United Arab Emirates 

Sri Lanka 

2022 

Josh Little

3/22

Ireland

New Zealand

2022
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