Full name Joginder Singh Rao
Born October 16, 1938, Gurgaon, Haryana
Died October 3, 1994 (aged 55 years 352 days)
Major teams Services
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|First-class span||1963/64 - 1963/64|
Despite playing just five first-class matches for Services in the 1963-64 season, Joginder Rao carved a permanent niche in the game's history with a hat-trick on debut and and two hat-tricks in the same innings in the next match. He was the only bowler apart from Albert Trott to manage two hat-tricks in the same game and remains the only cricketer in first-class history to have taken three hat-tricks in his first two games.
He was also enlisted in the army and rose to the ranks of Major General. He was a proficient golfer and represented India in tournaments in France and Pakistan. He redesigned the Army Golf Course at Dhaula Kuan in Delhi Cantt and also the Dehradun Golf course. However, his career came to an abrupt halt after an injury he sustained during parachute training at the army.
At the end of 5 matches his stats read: 21 wickets at 9.66 with the best of 7 for 30 against Northern Punjab at Amritsar. He died in 1995 and was widely mourned in both cricketing and golfing circles.
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