Mohammed Shami, on Saturday, became just the second bowler after Chetan Sharma to pick up a hat-trick in World Cup. The right-arm pacer picked up the three wickets during the thrilling 11-run win over Afghanistan in Southampton. Bowling the last over of the game, Shami had to defend 16 as Afghanistan gave India a mighty scare.
With Mohammad Nabi still at the crease, the game could have gone either way. The over started on a poor note for Shami as Nabi hit him straight down the ground for a four. The next ball was a dot delivery. Shami then dismissed Nabi, Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman to power India to a thrilling victory. With the win, India remained unbeaten in the World Cup. With 4 wins and nine points from 5 games, India have now moved to the third spot in the points table.
Mohammed Shami, meanwhile, entered his name in the record books with the sensational hat-trick. He finished the game with impressive figures of 4 for 40 from 9.5 overs. This was Shami’s first game in the tournament and the team could not have asked for a better performance from him. Shami became the second India to pick up a hat-trick in World Cup after Chetan Sharma.
Sharma picked up three wickets in as many balls against New Zealand during the 1987 World Cup. Sharma was also the first player to pick up a World Cup hat-trick. Overall, Shami became the ninth bowler to pick up a hat-trick in World Cups. Lasith Malinga has two World Cup ha-tricks to his name.In ODIs, Shami was the 47th player to take a hat-trick. He is also the first bowler to pick up a hat-trick in the ongoing edition.
Here is a list showing the players who have picked up World Cup hat-tricks:
|Player||Opposition||World Cup year|
|Chetan Sharma||New Zealand||1987|
|Lasith Malinga||South Africa||2007|
|JP Duminy||Sri Lanka||2015|