Cricket is often considered
a batsman’s game, as the rules favor them more than the bowlers. But we have
still witnessed some great bowling performances throughout the history of the
sport; bowlers have created a name for themselves with their heroics on the
Some players inscribe their
name in history by achieving records that stand for years to come. A hat-trick
is one such rare feat in cricket, which every bowler hopes to achieve at least
once in their international cricket career.
Taking 3 wickets off 3
consecutive balls is no easy task as it has happened only 100 times over 130
years – 48 times in ODIs, 44 times in Tests and 8 times in T20Is.
Of those already rare
instances, some bowlers went an even rarer step further by picking 4 wickets
off 4 consecutive deliveries. Here is a look at those three instances:
Lasith Malinga vs South
Lasith Malinga during the
2007 World Cup game against South AfricaLasith Malinga during the 2007 World
Cup game against South Africa
Known for his unique
bowling action and deadly yorkers, Lasith Malinga became the first person in
cricket history to achieve this rare feat.
In the 2007 World Cup
Super-8 game, Sri Lanka posted a below-average total of 209 runs on the board
against South Africa. The Proteas were well on course to achieving the target
until 44th over, with Jacques Kallis being the backbone of the chase.
Malinga then bowled a
memorable spell which pushed the Proteas into a state of turmoil. He dismissed
Shaun Pollock and Andrew Hall off the final 2 deliveries of the 45th over, and
then returned to dismiss the dangerous Kallis and Makaya Nitini in the first 2
deliveries of the 47th over, thus picking 4 wickets off 4 deliveries.
Despite Malinga’s heroics,
South Africa edged past Sri Lanka to win the match by one wicket. Malinga
finished with figures of 9.2-0-54-4.
Rashid Khan vs Ireland,
Rashid Khan is undoubtedly
one of the best T20 players in the world. He has been in tremendous form
lately, with some mind-blowing performances across the globe.
Earlier this year, the
cricketing world witnessed one such performance that proved yet again why he
was the best when it came to T20 cricket.
In the 3rd T20I against
Ireland, Afghanistan were asked to bat first. The Afghans posted a humongous
score of 210 in 20 overs with the help of Mohammed Nabi’s blistering 81, which
came in 36 balls.
In response, Ireland
started on the right note as Kevin O’Brien and Andrew Balbirnie added 96 runs
for the second wicket. But Rashid then spun a web across the Ireland batsmen,
which completely derailed the chase.
He removed the well-settled
O’Brien on the final ball of the 16th over, thus denting their confidence. In
the next over, Rashid completely killed the contest by scalping George
Dockrell, Shane Getkate and Simi Singh in 3 consecutive deliveries.
Rashid thus became the
first bowler in T20I history and second across all international cricket to
pick 4 wickets off 4 balls. Ireland could never recover in the chase as they
ended up with a score of 178 in their 20 overs, thus losing by 32 runs. Rashid ended with figures of 5/27 in his 4
Lasith Malinga vs New
Lasith Malinga has the most
international hat-tricksLasith Malinga has the most international hat-tricks
In the series against New
Zealand Lasith Malinga was being severely criticized for his fitness and
performances, which weren’t up to the mark due to his age. But he shut everyone
up with a single memorable spell.
In the 3rd T20I game the
Lankans were asked to bat first, but their innings stumbled as Mitchell Santner
and Todd Astle picked 3 wickets each. As a result, Sri Lanka ended up with a
score of 125 runs in 20 overs.
Chasing 126, Black Caps had
a horrendous start. Malinga removed Colin Munro, Hamish Rutherford, Colin de
Grandhomme and Ross Taylor off 4 consecutive balls in the 3rd over to leave New
Zealand in deep trouble.
Malinga thus became the
only bowler in cricket history to take 4 wickets off 4 consecutive balls twice.
The New Zealand batsmen could not recover from the heavy blows as they were
dismissed for a paltry 88 runs in 16 overs.
Malinga’s figures read 5/6
in 4 overs, including a maiden. He thus proved that he still had it in him to
deliver match-winning performances, irrespective of his age.
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