7 ODI hat-tricks that came in a losing cause
- Taking a hat-trick doesn't always guarantee that your team will win the game.
The first-ever hat-trick in ODIs was in 1982 by Pakistan's Jalad-ud-Din against Australia. Since then there have been 37 more hat-tricks in ODIs. But while most of them have resulted in victories for their respective countries, some haven't been so lucky.
When you take a hat-trick, you not only take three wickets in three balls but completely destabilise the opposition's batting line-up. So you certainly count yourself unlucky, if you are one of the bowlers who ended up on the losing side despite picking up a hat-trick.
Here are the unlucky seven who picked up ODI hat-tricks but still lost the game:
#1 Shahadat Hossain
24 years after the first hat-trick was taken by a bowler from the sub-continent, another bowler made history for all the wrong reasons. Bangaldesh's Shahadat Hossain played nearly 100 international matches for his country but despite coming with an impressive display of fast bowling he couldn't stop his side from losing.
In the third ODI against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2006, Bangladesh were bowled out for 236. In response, the hosts looked to be cruising to victory with Brendan Taylor playing a good hand and six wickets still in the bag. But Hossain picked up three wickets in three balls and turned the game on its head, reducing them to 151/7 in the 39th over.
Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as an unbeaten 79 from Taylor and a crucial 33 from Tawanda Mupariwa saw Zimbabwe home by two wickets. Despite being the first Bangladesh bowler to take an ODI hat-trick, Shahadat was left disappointed as he became the first bowler to end up on the losing side even after picking up a hat-trick.