ISLAMABAD – Pakistani spinner Saqlain Mushtaq is the only spinner in this list. His hat-trick came against Zimbabwe in 199 World Cup.
Saqlain Mushtaq is a Pakistani cricketer. He is best known for pioneering the “doosra”, which he employed to great effect during his career. Saqlain has not been active in international cricket since 2004.
A right-arm off break bowler, Saqlain played 49 Test matches and 169 One Day Internationals (ODIs) for Pakistan, between 1995 and 2004. He took 208 Test and 288 ODIs wickets.
He also scored Test Match century, against New Zealand, in March 2001. Saqlain was the quickest bowler in history of ODI to reach 100 wickets.
Taking a hat-trick is one of the biggest individual achievements for a bowler, on a cricket field. The joy of dismissing three batsmen with consecutive deliveries is unparalleled.
Since the inception of World Cup cricket in 1975, there have been 7 hat-tricks, by 6 different bowlers. This means, there have been only 7 hat-tricks in 46 years of World Cup cricket. And this is why it is a very special feat.
Hat-tricks in ICC Cricket World Cups
A hat-trick in cricket transpires when three batsmen get out on three consecutive deliveries in the same match by an individual bowler. These deliveries may be intermittent by another bowler’s over who bowls from the opposite end of the wicket. Hence, three wickets taken in a row without given any run by a bowler is a hat-trick.
Looking at the ICC World Cup history there are only four bowlers who have made hat-tricks. The list of these bowlers is as follows
1) 1987 ICC Cricket World Cup: Indian Bowler Chetan Sharma made a hat-trick playing against New Zealand on Oct 13, 1987 at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur, India.
2) 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup: Pakistani spinner Saqlain Mushtaq made a hat-trick against Zimbabwe on June 11, 1999 at The Oval, London
3) 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup: Srilankan Fast bowler Chaminda Vaas bowled out three batsmen in a row playing against Bangladesh on February 14, 2003 at Pietermaritzburg Oval, South Africa
4) 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup : Australian Speed Gun Brett Lee dismissed three batsmen on consecutive balls bowling against Kenya on March 15, 2003 at Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa
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