Bangladesh v New Zealand, 1st Test, Chittagong, 5th day October 13, 2013

Elation and disbelief for Gazi after hat-trick


Sohag Gazi watched as everything seemed to moving in slow motion. He had just delivered the ball, hoping for a hat-trick. It had taken the edge and struck wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim on his right pad. Nasir Hossain at slip came forward, slid a little, then stopped. Shakib Al Hasan had by this time slunk over from leg-slip. He dived and completed the catch. Gazi ran away, chased by Robiul Islam, Marshall Ayub and Nasir. He couldn't believe it and, even hours later, he found it hard to describe the moment.

"I just couldn't believe what was happening," Gazi said, as he walked with a group of journalists after the game. "The hat-trick was 99% Shakib bhai's doing.

"I was stunned into silence when the ball hit Mushfiq bhai's pads and had taken off. Everything was happening in slow-motion for me from that point. Nasir was standing still, and in that last moment, Shakib bhai dived in."

Gazi had targeted the same spot from which he got the previous delivery to jump at BJ Watling. It took the edge, slammed into Mushfiqur's chest but was eventually caught, giving him two from two.

Mushfiqur added a leg-slip to complete the umbrella around Bracewell. Sohag had his eyes on that spot which didn't have a crack, but offered him some promise.

"Mushfiqur bhai always sets the field. I talk to him if I need to make little changes. Ahead of that hat-trick ball, I didn't say anything to him, or want to make any changes. I just wanted to bowl the same delivery as I did the previous ball. I was hoping to land it there and let it go straight. He could either edge it or miss it."

He fended off questions about what he felt before, during and after the hat-trick. He had done the same after he had scored the hundred on the fourth day. But the fact remains, there was a lot on Gazi's mind ahead of the game.

He had been earmarked as one of the less fit players in the team, and the situation was magnified when the media picked up on it. There wasn't much talk about it publicly, but there must have been reactions internally, within the Bangladesh setup. Gazi said that had been a motivating factor: "There was so much talk about my fitness. I took this Test match as a challenge. I really wanted to prove that I am fit."

Mushfiqur, too, said Gazi needed that six-wicket haul in the second innings, and praised his maiden century, terming it a "smart knock". "I was hoping that I could take the catch [to complete the hat-trick], but unfortunately I couldn't. But I am very happy for him," Mushfiqur said. "He really needed this performance. I would hope for him to hold on to it.

"He gave us that crucial lead in the first innings. I have seen him hit around before, but he batted very smartly in this innings. He controlled himself according to the fields that were set to curb him. He added 100-odd with Robiul Islam. It was a matured innings."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • mohammad on October 16, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    RAJEESHKUMAR He did that in first class too.This is how he came to national squad.

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Gratz to Sohag Gazi - Awesome achievement - Just wish you hadn't done it against MY team ;-)

  • ESPN on October 15, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    A milestone for test cricket. Gazi can b a greater prospect and a top allrounder if he utilise his talent. Bd bowling line up-mashrafi,robiul,razzak,shakib,gazi.

  • Bang on October 15, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    @Deepanjan Datta and @RAJEESHKUMAR, thanks from my heart. While you two praised Gazi and spoke a few words, it hurt me to watch the media kept mum on a first time achievement in 136 years of cricket history. Its only because Gazi played for Bangladesh. I don't find any other reasons for that silence! Thanks again friends.

  • Dummy4 on October 14, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    honestly speaking i had doubt in mind about the ability of Gazi.. but now I know what he can do... he is an excellent cricketer

  • Dummy4 on October 14, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Even during his debut season, Gazi's composure with the ball was impressive, evident from the fact that he was one of the few international bowlers who kept Chris Gayle quiet. But a century and a hattrick in the same match? That's immense. For the sake of Test Cricket and Bangladesh, I hope he uses this as a springboard to better things. Many congratulations from India!

  • RAJEESH on October 14, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Brilliant performances from sohag gazi and mominul. A record that can never be broken: first player to score a century and take a fifor plus hat trick in the same match. Congratulations. Curious to know : any one did these even in different test matches? Would be even more delighted if mominul got his 200.

  • Dummy4 on October 14, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    The first man in the history of Test cricket - dating all the way back to 1877 - to have achieved the treble of a hundred, a five-for, and a hatrick in the same match. This is an amazing feat to be proud of for Bangladesh and for the cricket world in general!

  • obaidul on October 14, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    He is the future of Bangladesh. Now we can build a team with 4 specialist bowler.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on October 14, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    Well done Gazi....Now keep your head down and practice hard more than ever before...Advance EID greeting to all the people of Bangladesh all around the globe;specially to our TIGERS who has made us PROUD.......

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