To achieve a hat-trick in cricket, it is a very rare job where the bowler needs to take 3 wickets in 3 consecutive balls. With batting going on to the next best level each day, it is difficult for the bowler to strike in three of the three balls in particular, where there is no need to defend the mindset and attack. However, there are 42 instances in Test cricket where the bowlers have taken hat tricks. At least one bowler of all ten Test playing nations has taken a hat-trick with the highest (13) with England. Now let’s look at the top 5 test hat-tricks:
1.Harbhajan Singh (India)
The first one on the top was to be with Bhajji. Off-spinner took his only hat-trick against powerful Australian teams in the Eden Gardens of Kolkata in a memorable match of India. In the three consecutive balls trapping Ponting, Gilchrist and Warne, he became the first Indian to take hat-trick in the test. India won the match due to Laxman and Dravid’s heroes.
2. Irfan Pathan (India)
Irfan Pathan is the second Indian to take a test hat-trick. He was known for his magical swing with the new ball and in the same way he hat-trick on the first three balls of the first over of a test match against arch-rivals Pakistan. In 2006, he dismissed Salman Bhatt, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf in Karachi. The left-handed batsman beat the batsmen every time in 3 magic deliveries.
3. Abdul Razzaq (Pakistan)
This Hat-Trick from Razzak is not so special because he rejected the tail of the Sri Lankan team but the fact is that he became the youngest player to achieve this feat. He was only 20 years old to do this. It was in Galle, Sri Lanka in 2000, and since then, Razzaq not only attracted cricket fans with his bowling but also batted his batting.
4. Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka)
To get a test hat-trick, Rangana Herath is another off-spinner in the top 5 list. This is a recent hat-trick in tests conducted against Australia in Galle, Sri Lanka on August 5, 2016. Traping Voges, Neville and Starc, the achievement was successfully completed, thanks to the DRS (decision review system), which satisfied the umpire for his LBW decision. Herath is now the oldest player to take Test hat-trick at 38 years of age.
5. Peter Siddle (Australia)
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