T-20 is a batter’s game, they said, but there are three bowlers in this year’s tournament alone who have proven it wrong. m And just like all good things, it came in threes for us.
Yes, in this year’s T20 World Cup, not one, not two, but three bowlers managed to pick up hat-tricks, which has once again established the importance of bowlers in the game and given them an edge over the batters. It all started in the qualification stages of the tournament. Irish bowler Curtis Campher, bowling in the 10th over of the game, picked up 4 wickets in 4 balls to become the first bowler in the tournament’s history to do so. With his extraordinary performance, he helped his side bundle up the Netherland’s team for a score of just 106 runs in their 20 overs.
What an over! 👏👏#BackingGreen ☘️🏏 #Exchange22 pic.twitter.com/AvkPomJ3Jm
— Cricket Ireland (@cricketireland) October 18, 2021
Fast-forward the super-12 stage of the game in which Sri Lanka took on a lethal-looking South African team. This match witnessed one of the most unusual forms of hat-trick. Hasaranga, the Sri Lankan Bowler, picked up the hat-trick in two different overs. It all started in the last ball of the 15th over, in which he dismissed Aiden Markham. Then he came back in the 18th over to claim his other two wickets in the first two balls to complete his hat-trick.
W W W! 🎩
Hat-trick for Hasaranga 🔥
Hasaranga becomes the third bowler to pick up a hat-trick in the #T20WorldCup#RoaringForGlory #ApeKollo pic.twitter.com/4y5DkXfdDQ
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) October 30, 2021
After being inflicted with a hat-trick, South Africa had their revenge in their final league game. The inning had started with the Africans still in contention for a semi-final spot. However, the English side proved too good; hence they (South Africa) couldn’t quite make the cut. That did not keep them from winning the game. With 14 runs required of the last over, KG Rabada came back into the attack, and he diminished the hopes of victory by picking up three wickets in his first three balls in the form of Chris Woakes, Eoin Morgan, and Chris Jordan. Conceding only 3 runs from the over, he won the game for his side.
Congratulations Kagiso Rabada on adding a #T20WorldCup hat-trick to your list of achievements#BePartOfIt pic.twitter.com/EDF8YlGIkK
— Proteas Men (@ProteasMenCSA) November 6, 2021