Keshav achieved the feat on the 4th morning of the ongoing 2nd Test against the West Indies.
It all happened during the 37th over of West Indies’ 2nd innings. Keshav Maharaj’s first victim was Kieron Powell, who, in a moment of madness, proceeded to slog-sweep the spinner straight to Anrich Nortje at deep midwicket.
Jason Holder followed suit on the very next delivery as he pressed forward to delivery and ended up giving an easy catch to Keegan Petersen at short-leg.
The historic moment arrived on the next delivery as Joshua de Silva tickled it past his legs, only to see Wiaan Mulder take a stunning catch at leg-slip.
South African bowlers to take hattrick in Tests :
• Geoff Griffin v ENG at Lord's, 1960
(dismissed M Smith, P Walker, Fred Trueman)
• Keshav Maharaj v WI at Gros Islet, today
(dismissed Powell, Holder, Da Silva)
This is the FIRST ever hattrick in 4th inns of a Test !#WIvSA
— Rhitankar Bandyopadhyay (@rhitankar8616) June 21, 2021
Maharaj has become the 46th bowler and only the 2nd South African- and first after their readmission in cricket in 1991/92- to take a Test hat-trick.
He has also become the first bowler to take a hat-trick in the fourth innings of a Test match and also the first spinner from South Africa to achieve the feat.
Needless to say that the Proteas spinner was chuffed to bits as he went on a celebratory run before being pulled down by his teammates.
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Here’s how Twitter reacted to Keshav Maharaj’s hat-trick-
☝️ Kieran Powell
☝️ Jason Holder
☝️ Joshua Da Silva
A Test hat-trick for Keshav Maharaj! South Africa have reduced West Indies to 109/6 at lunch on day four.
— ICC (@ICC) June 21, 2021
Keshav Maharaj becomes the first South African spinner to take a Test hat-trick. Only the 2nd South African ever to take a Test hat-trick. Geoff Griffin had taken a hat-trick v England at Lord's in 1960 #WIvSA
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) June 21, 2021
South Africa players taking hat tricks in Tests
Geoff Griffin v Eng Lord's 1960
Keshav Maharaj v WI Gros Islet 2021#WIvSA
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) June 21, 2021
KESHAV MAHARAJ 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
— Sabeeha Majid 🏏 #FreePalestine (@SabeehaMajid) June 21, 2021
Hat-trick for Keshav Maharaj!
He's only the second South African in history to take three in three in Test cricket.
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) June 21, 2021
Keshav Maharaj becomes the 46th player to take a test hat trick.
Ironically, the 44th was Jasprit Bumrah who did it in 2019 also vs. the West Indies. #WIvSA
— Nikhil Uttamchandani (@NikUttam) June 21, 2021
Keshav Maharaj isn't bald too, beware Rishabh Pant when you play him in Jan-Feb next year
— Udit (@udit_buch) June 21, 2021
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 21, 2021
HAT TRICK FOR KESHAV MAHARAJ!!!!!
— stuart hess (@shockerhess) June 21, 2021
Can't think of a more deserving player to get a Test hat-trick than Keshav Maharaj
Such a humble but supremely talented cricketer
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) June 21, 2021
Hat-trick for Keshav Maharaj!
He is only the second South African after George Griffin that took Hatrick in test Cricket pic.twitter.com/IVMfEH7VQC
— Mehar Ali (@MeharAl73057016) June 21, 2021
Only the 2nd Saffie to take a hat-trick in Tests, Keshav Maharaj. Windies collapsing like a house of cards. #WIvsSA
— Saraansh (@Saraansh3) June 21, 2021
Hat trick for Keshav Maharaj. What drugs are you on, West Indies?
— Shubh Aggarwal (@shubh_chintak) June 21, 2021
Just before the hat trick!
Keshav Maharaj the 2nd South African to take a Test hat trick and it was completed by a SUPERB catch from Mulder
Only bettered by the celebration! #WIvSA pic.twitter.com/Hsu2kIMcb1
— Natalie Germanos 🏏 (@NatalieGermanos) June 21, 2021