Chetan Sharma becomes first Indian to take an ODI hat-trick

On October 31 in 1987, former India paceman Chetan Sharma became only the third bowler in the world and first Indian to take a hat-trick in the one day internationals.

Sharma had become the first to achieve the feat in a World Cup. In a match against New Zealand in Nagpur, Sharma removed Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield as the Black Caps collapsed to 182/8 from a reasonably well-placed position.

New Zealand eventually managed only 221/9 off their 50 overs. India got home with plenty to spare thanks to aggressive knocks from openers Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Sunil Gavaskar, who smashed a hundred.

India, the then defending champions, reached the semi-finals before losing to Australia.

A few years later, in January 1991, Kapil Dev became the second Indian to take a hat-trick during the Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens.

Kuldeep Yadav, the talented left-arm chinaman bowler, returned to the same iconic venue after 26 years to become the third Indian to take a hat-trick.

Kuldeep, bowling his eighth over, dismissed Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins off successive deliveries in the 33rd over of the Australian innings to derail their chase of 253 in the second ODI at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

 

 

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