March 22, 2002

Sami bowls into record books

Mohammad Ramis Shah

On 9 March 2002, during 3rd day's play in the 2nd Asian Test Championship Final between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium, Mohammad Sami, playing in only his 3rd Test, became the third Pakistani after Wasim Akram and Abdul Razzaq and 27th bowler overall, to claim the 30th hat-trick in Test cricket. The right arm fast bowler grabbed the last three Sri Lankan wickets. He dismissed Buddhika Fernando, Nuwan Zoysa, both leg before and Muttiah Muralitharan, bowled off consecutive deliveries in his 37th over.

With this hat-trick Sami also joined Wasim Akram as the only two bowlers with hat-tricks in both forms of the game so far. Wasim Akram, has two hat-tricks in Test cricket and he same number in LOIs. While Sami had a hat-trick in the 2nd ODI against West Indies at Sharjah on 15 February 2002.

The current list includes nine Englishmen, eight Australians, three West Indians, three Pakistanis and one bowler each from South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and India. No bowlers from Zimbabwe and Bangladesh have claimed a hat-trick in Test matches so far.

It was 30th hat-trick in Tests. Australia's Thomas James Matthews and Hugh Trumble along with Pakistan's Wasim Akram are the only bowlers to have performed this feat twice.

The first bowler to perform a hat-trick in Test cricket was Australian, Frederick Robert Spofforth who dismissed three in a row in his six for 48 against England at Melbourne in 1878-79. Spofforth's victims were V Royle, F Mackinnon and T Emmett.

At 21 years and 13 days, Mohammed Sami is the third youngest player after Pakistan's Abdul Razzaq to achieve this feat. Abdul Razzaq who was 20 years and 201 days old when he took three wickets in a row against Sri Lanka at Galle on 21 June 2000 and India's Harbhajan Singh who was 20 years and 251 days old when he achieved the same against Australia at Calcutta on 11 March 2000.

Hattrick heroes in Test cricket

Hattrick hero

For

Vs

Inns

Test

Venue

Series

Mode of dismissals

FR Spofforth

Aus

Eng

1st

1st

Melbourne

1878-79

2 bowled, 1 ct

W Bates

Eng

Aus

1st

2nd

Melbourne

1882-83

1 bowled, 1 ct & b, 1 ct

J Briggs

Eng

Aus

2nd

2nd

Sydney

1891-92

1 bowled, 1 ct, 1 lbw

GA Lohmann

Eng

SA

2nd

1st

Port Elizabeth

1895-96

2 bowled, 1 ct

JT Hearne

Eng

Aus

2nd

3rd

Leeds

1899

1 bowled, 2 ct

H Trumble

Aus

Eng

2nd

2nd

Melbourne

1901-02

1 ct & b, 2 ct

H Trumble

Aus

Eng

2nd

5th

Melbourne

1903-04

1 ct & b, 1 ct, 1 lbw

TJ Matthews

Aus

SA

1st

1st

Manchester

1912

1 bowled, 2 lbw

TJ Matthews

Aus

SA

2nd

1st

Manchester

1912

1 bowled, 2 ct & b

MJC Allom

Eng

NZ

1st

1st

Christchurch

1929-30

1 lbw, 1 ct, 1 bowled

TWJ Goddard

Eng

SA

1st

1st

Johannesburg

1938-39

1 ct & b, 1 st, 1 bowled

PJ Loader

Eng

WI

1st

4th

Leeds

1957

2 bowled, 1 ct

LF Kline

Aus

SA

2nd

2nd

Cape Town

1957-58

2 ct, 1 lbw

WW Hall

WI

Pak

1st

3rd

Lahore (LG)

1958-59

1 lbw, 1 ct, 1 bowled

GM Griffin

SA

Eng

1st

2nd

Lord's

1960

1 ct, 2 bowled

LR Gibbs

WI

Aus

1st

4th

Adelaide

1960-61

1 lbw, 1 ct, 1 bowled

PJ Petherick

NZ

Pak

1st

1st

Lahore (Gd)

1976-77

1 ct & b, 2 ct

CA Walsh

WI

Aus

1st

1st

Brisbane

1988-89

2 ct, 1 lbw

MG Hughes

Aus

WI

1st

2nd

Perth

1988-89

2 ct, 1 lbw

DW Fleming

Aus

Pak

2nd

2nd

Rawalpindi

1994-95

2 ct, 1 lbw

SK Warne

Aus

Eng

2nd

2nd

Melbourne

1994-95

1 lbw, 2 ct

DG Cork

Eng

WI

2nd

4th

Manchester

1995

1 bowled, 2 lbw

D Gough

Eng

Aus

1st

5th

Sydney

1998-99

1 ct, 2 bowled

Wasim Akram

Pak

SL

1st

1st

Lahore (Gd)

1998-99

1 ct, 2 bowled

Wasim Akram

Pak

SL

2nd

1st

Dhaka

1998-99

2 ct, 1 bowled

DNT Zoysa

SL

Zim

1st

2nd

Harare

1999-00

2 lbw, 1 ct

Abdur Razzaq

Pak

SL

1st

2nd

Galle

1999-00

1 ct, 2 lbw

GD McGrath

Aus

WI

1st

2nd

Perth

2000-01

3 ct

Harbhajan Singh

Ind

Aus

1st

2nd

Kolkata

2000-01

2 lbw, 1 ct

Muhammad Sami

Pak

SL

1st

Only

Lahore

2001-02

2 lbw, 1 bowled

Notes:

  • No bowler from Zimbabwe or Bangladesh has achieved this feat. A total of eleven hat-tricks have taken place in Australia (five in Melbourne, two in Sydney and Perth and one each in Adelaide and Brisbane), followed by six in England (three in Manchester, two in Leeds and one at Lord's), five in Pakistan (four in Lahore and one at Rawalpindi), three in South Africa (one each at Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and Cape Town) and finally one in New Zealand (at Christchurch), one at a neutral venue in Bangladesh (Dhaka), one in Sri Lanka (Galle), one in Zimbabwe (Harare) and one in India (Kolkata).
  • Lahore has the unique distinction with four separate hat-tricks at two different grounds - one at the Lawrence Gardens and three at the Gaddafi Stadium.
  • Allom, Petherick and Fleming did so on their Test debut. Allom, in fact took four wickets in 5 balls. Trumble (his 2nd hat-trick) and Griffin did so in their last Tests. Trumble, Matthews and Wasim Akram are the only bowlers to do so on two occasions. Matthews did so in the same match, but in separate innings in the same afternoon. Goddard was the oldest at 38 years and 87 days. Wasim Akram is the only Test captain to do so. Zoysa became the first bowler to take a hat-trick off his first three balls in a Test match. The Walsh and Hughes hat-tricks were spread over two innings. Allom, Petherick and Fleming did the hat-trick on debut.
  • Petherick has the most expensive innings analysis of somebody doing the hat-trick (3 for 103). Largest total to include a hat-trick is 537 by Pakistan at Rawalpindi in 1994-95. Least number of career Test wickets for a bowler doing a hattrick are 8 by Griffin.
  • All data updated to 20.03.2002

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