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For bowlers, the T20 format is especially challenging with minimal margin for errors. With each bowler allotted a maximum of four overs in T20I cricket, hat-tricks are rare occurrences, even more so at the T20 World Cups. 

In eight editions so far, only five bowlers, Brett Lee, Curtis Campher, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kagiso Rabada and Karthik Meiyappan, have managed to scalp a hat-trick in the T20 World Cup.

No bowler has managed more than one hat-trick in T20 World Cup history. Moreover, in the five editions between 2009 and 2016, not a single hat-trick was registered.

The 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, co-hosted by the UAE and Oman, witnessed three hat-tricks - the most in a single edition.

Hat-tricks in the T20 World Cup

The first hat-trick in the T20 World Cup was taken by Australia’s Brett Lee. In the 14th match of the inaugural edition of the tournament, Lee came into the attack in the 17th over against Bangladesh to dismiss Shakib Al Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza and Alok Kapali with the third, fourth and fifth balls of the over, respectively. The whirlwind spell helped the Aussies clinch a comfortable victory over the Bangla Tigers in the match.

Curtis Campher of Ireland registered the second hat-trick in the T20 World Cup, 14 years after Lee’s first. Campher bowled a match-winning spell in the third match of the 2021 edition to help Ireland bowl out the Netherlands out for 106 runs. 

In the 10th over of the Dutch innings, Curtis Campher claimed four wickets in four balls, dismissing Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate, Scott Edwards and Roelof van der Merwe with his second, third, fourth and fifth balls of the over, respectively. Till date, Campher remains the only bowler to pick four wickets in successive deliveries in the T20 World Cup.

Days later, Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga scalped another hat-trick in the 2021 T20 World Cup. Sri Lanka batted first and posted 142 runs against South Africa in the 25th match of the tournament. 

After a positive start by the Proteas, Hasaranga came on to bowl his second spell and ended up breaking the South African batters’ momentum. He took the wicket of Aiden Markram in the final ball of the 15th over and then scalped Temba Bavuma and Dwaine Pretorius in successive deliveries of his next over to complete his hat-trick.

Kagiso Rabada, South Africa’s premier pacer, logged the fourth hat-trick in the T20 World Cup and the third of the 2021 edition. The Proteas batted first in the 39th match of the edition against England and scored 189/2. The Englishmen looked favourites to chase the target down but Rabada flipped the script in the final over of the game.

Rabada claimed the wicket of Chris Woakes with the first ball and followed up by dismissing Eoin Morgan and Chris Jordan in the next two deliveries. He conceded only three runs in the over to help the Proteas clinch victory. 

UAE’s Karthik Meiyappan registered the first hat-trick by an associate nation player in the T20 World Cup with a treble against Sri Lanka in the 2022 edition in Australia. Meiyappan struck with his final three deliveries of the 15th over, getting rid of Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka and Dasun Shanaka.

Josh Little became the second Irish cricketer to scalp a T20 World Cup hat-trick, dismissing Kane Williamson, James Neesham and Mitchell Santner of New Zealand in the Super 12 game of the 2022 edition. 

Hat-tricks in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup cricket

T20 World Cup

Bowler

Team

Opposition

Batsmen dismissed

2007

Brett Lee

Australia

Bangladesh

Shakib Al Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Alok Kapali

2021

Curtis Campher

Ireland

Netherlands

Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate, Scott Edwards, Roelof van der Merwe

2021

Wanindu Hasaranga

Sri Lanka

South Africa

Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma, Dwaine Pretorius

2021

Kagiso Rabada

South Africa

England

Chris Woakes, Eoin Morgan, Chris Jordan

2022

Karthik Meiyappan

UAE

Sri Lanka

Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka

2022

Josh Little

Ireland

New Zealand

Kane Williamson, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner

 

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