3 instances when an ODI hat-trick contained 3 different modes of dismissals
When one thinks of ideas for a bowler to get a batsman out, three ways pop up instantly – leg before wicket, caught by a fielder or wicket keeper and bowled. Some of the other ones such as hit wicket extend into the unconventional category.
Getting three wickets in a row will go a long way in contributing immensely to the team’s cause while the bowler also gets to etch his name in the history books. Until now, as many as *3770 ODIs have been played and just 40 of those feature hat tricks in them.
Surprisingly, only three hat tricks contain the three different types of dismissals which are commonly associated with the game. Let us take a detailed look at what transpired in those memorable instances.
(*All statistics are as of 25th August, 2016)
#3 – Farveez Maharoof against India, 2010 Asia Cup
On paper, this was a dress rehearsal for the summit clash of 2010 Asia Cup. Sri Lanka won the toss in Dambulla and decided to insert the Indians on a typically dry pitch. Having prised out early wickets, the seam bowlers allowed their slower team-mates to apply the screws.
When skipper MS Dhoni succumbed to a run-out, not a lot of back-up was present in the big-hitting department. However, a couple of wickets would result in a much lower target for the hosts.
And, Farveez Maharoof gave them exactly that and much more as he bowled a high octane over. After trapping Ravindra Jadeja who got into a tangle in front of the stumps, the medium pacer came up with a slower delivery to castle a bewildered Praveen Kumar.
Sensing the occasion, the spectators got into the action and egged Maharoof on. When an unsuspecting Zaheer Khan poked at a regular delivery, wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara completed a brilliant take to send the stadium into delirium. Including Dhoni’s dismissal, four wickets fell in the space of four deliveries in four different ways.
In the end, the Lankans romped home with 75 balls and 7 wickets in hand. However, the shoe was on the other foot in the final as Dhoni’s team cantered to a comfortable victory to lift the Asia Cup.