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Home > Cricket > India's tour of Pakistan > Statistics

Pathan claims fastest hat-trick

Rajneesh Gupta | January 29, 2006 16:39 IST

Irfan Pathan's 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 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 heroics against Australia at Kolkata in 2000-01.

The country-wise break-up of hat-tricks:

Australia - 10
England - 10
West Indies - 4
Pakistan - 4
New Zealand - 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 HallWI Lahore 1958-59
Mushtaq Mohammad (lbw), Fazal Mahmood (ct) & Nasim-ul-Ghani (b)
PJ PetherickNZ Lahore 1976-77
Javed Miandad (ct), Wasim Raja (ct) & Intikhab Alam (ct)
DW FlemingAusRawalpindi1994-95
Aamer Malik (ct), Inzamam-ul-Haq (lbw) & Salim Malik (ct)
Alok KapaliBanPeshawar 2003
Shabbir Ahmed (ct), Danish Kaneria (lbw) & Umar Gul (lbw)
IK PathanIndKarachi2005-06
Salman Butt (ct), Younis Khan (lbw) & Mohd Yousuf (b)

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irfan !!!!!! u were amazing!!!1

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Please provide the complete list of Test Match Hat Tricks

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Sub: Congrats

Special Congrats to Mr Jr.Kapil "IRFAN PHATAN" bagging great hattrick that first 3 wickets without any single run.

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Sub: well done irfan pathan

Well Done irfan pathan, congratulation! you have done great job for india vs pakistan in very important of the series so go ahead and do ...

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