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Pathan claims fastest hat-trick
Rajneesh Gupta |
January 29, 2006 16:39 IST
Irfan Pathan's [Images] feat of claiming a hat-trick in the first over of a match is unparalleled in Test chronicles. The previous record of the 'earliest' hat-trick in a Test was held by Sri Lanka's [Images] Nuwan Zoysa, who claimed a hat-trick in the second over of the Test match against Zimbabwe at Harare in 1999-00.
However, Zoysa's hat-trick is unique in the way that it came off first three balls he sent down in the match.
A total of 36 hat-tricks have now been made by 33 players-with Australia's Hugh Trumble, Thomas Matthews and Pakistan's Wasim Akram doing it on two occasions. For India, it was the second hat-trick after Harbhajan Singh's [Images] heroics against Australia at Kolkata in 2000-01.
The country-wise break-up of hat-tricks:
Australia - 10
England [Images] - 10
West Indies [Images] - 4
Pakistan - 4
New Zealand [Images] - 2
India - 2
South Africa - 1
Sri Lanka - 1
Zimbabwe - 1
Bangladesh - 1
This was the fifth hat-trick against Pakistan in Test cricket. Others to do so against Pakistan are - Wesley Hall (WI), Peter Petherick (NZ), Damien Fleming (Aus) and Alok Kapali (Ban). Interestingly all five hat-trick have come on Pakistan soil.
Test hat-tricks against Pakistan:
|WW Hall||WI ||Lahore [Images] ||1958-59 |
|Mushtaq Mohammad (lbw), Fazal Mahmood (ct) & Nasim-ul-Ghani (b)|
|PJ Petherick||NZ ||Lahore ||1976-77|
|Javed Miandad (ct), Wasim Raja (ct) & Intikhab Alam (ct)|
|DW Fleming||Aus||Rawalpindi||1994-95 |
|Aamer Malik (ct), Inzamam-ul-Haq [Images] (lbw) & Salim Malik (ct)|
|Alok Kapali||Ban||Peshawar ||2003|
|Shabbir Ahmed (ct), Danish Kaneria (lbw) & Umar Gul (lbw)|
|Salman Butt [Images] (ct), Younis Khan (lbw) & Mohd Yousuf (b)|