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5 players with a crazy number of hat-tricks in cricket

  • These players have made the trade of picking up hat-tricks their own.
Roy Suvra
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Modified 30 Aug 2019, 18:13 IST

2. Doug Wright

Douglas Vivian Parson Wright

Doug Wright took seven hat-tricks, more than anyone else in history

Douglas Vivian Parson Wright remains the only bowler to take seven First-Class hat-tricks. The legendary Don Bradman had called him the greatest leg-spinner to tour Australia since Sydney Barnes. Though he did not play much for the national team and managed to pick up 108 wickets in 34 Tests but his First class records speak volumes where he has 2056 wickets in 497 matches. On his day, he is often considered to have been the most unplayable bowler, even by greats like Bradman and Wally Hammond. However, they also allowed that the England bowler had a tendency to give away a lot of runs on occasion.

Harold Gibbons, Joseph Horton, and Bernard became his first hat trick scalps when he registered his first First-Class hat-trick and returned with figures of 7 for 27. Within 25 days he had picked up his second hat trick against Nottinghamshire and the third followed against Gloucestershire. He made his Test debut in 1938 and his fourth hat trick came against Border at East London where he got rid of Stanley White, Harold Whitfield, and Dereck Dowlin in successive deliveries.

The amazing hat tricks continued and he got his 5th, 6th and 7th hat-trick against Gloucestershire (with career best figures of 9/47), Sussex, and Hampshire before finally resigning in 1957 with last match figures of 4/39. He also has the unique distinction of being the first bowler in history to have dismissed the three Ws — Everton Weekes, Clyde Walcott, and Frank Worrell — in the same Test innings.

Published 08 Jul 2016, 11:41 IST
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