India vs West Indies: Kuldeep Yadav becomes first Indian to take two ODI hat-tricks

Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav joins a golden list comprising greats such as Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq and Chaminda Vaas — all with two hat-tricks in ODIs.

Kuldeep Yadav is the first Indian bowler to take two ODI hat-tricks.   -  PTI


Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (3/52) became the first Indian bowler to take two hat-tricks in ODIs. The 25-year-old achieved the feat in the second ODI against West Indies in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. He dismissed Shai Hope (78), Jason Holder (11) and Alzarri Joseph (0) in the 33rd over.

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Kuldeep’s first hat-trick was against Australia in 2017 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. He had claimed the wickets of Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins to steer India to victory.

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Sri Lanka pace great Lasith Malinga is the only international bowler with three ODI hat-tricks.

Kuldeep joins a golden list of bowlers with two hat-tricks. It includes Pakistan greats Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq, former Sri Lanka left-arm pacer Chaminda Vaas and New Zealand quick Trent Boult.

The in-form Hope was the first to depart. The right-hander attempted a slog sweep and could not clear past Virat Kohli at deep mid-wicket. Next, he surprised Holder with a tossed up delivery outside off, dragging the batsman's backfoot out of the crease. Rishabh Pant didn't take long to take the bails off. Joseph was caught by Kedar Jadhav at second slip.

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