5 Spectacular performances by Sreesanth that will make every Keralite proud
- Sreesanth was the first bowler from Kerala to take a hat-trick in Ranji Trophy.
#4 Ranji Trophy hat-trick (2004)
In the 2004-05 Ranji season, Sreesanth became the first man from Kerala to take a hat-trick in the history of the tournament. By then, he had already made a little name for himself, as he had troubled some of the top batsmen in the Indian domestic circuit.
In November 2004, Kerala played Himachal Pradesh (HP) at Palakkad. The HP batsmen absolutely dominated the first day’s play (321/2). Sreesanth was one of the only two wicket-takers of the first day. However, the second day saw a big twist.
Sreesanth ripped through the HP middle-order as he registered a memorable hat-trick. He first dismissed the centurion Manvinder Bisla on the last ball of the 92nd over by edging him to the wicket-keeper.
On the first two balls of his next over, Ajay Mannu and Paras Dogra were out LBW and bowled respectively as Sreesanth completed a hat-trick.
The Kerala pacer finished with a fifer in that first innings as HP were bowled out for 465. Kerala managed to draw the game, but conceded a first-innings lead.Published 28 Oct 2018, 17:06 IST