Nigerian striker Bartholomew Ogbeche and retired Canadian star Ian Hume share the record for most hat-tricks in Indian Super League.
Hume, who represented Kerala Blasters, Atlético de Kolkata and Pune City, hit his first hat-trick in a 4-1 win against Mumbai City FC in the 2015 edition. His second triple strike came just 26 days later in Atlético de Kolkata’s 4-1 triumph over Pune City.
Ian Hume’s third and final hat-trick came in the 2017-18 season as he inspired Kerala Blasters to a 3-1 win against Delhi Dynamos.
Hume’s feat of most hat-tricks in Indian Super League (3) would later be matched by Bartholomew Ogbeche with his hat-trick in the ISL 2021-22 season.
Bartholomew Ogbeche, the all-time leading goalscorer in the Indian Super League, recorded his three hat-tricks with three different clubs. In the 2018-19 season, the 37-year-old Nigerian forward initiated NorthEast United’s counter-attack in their 4-3 win over Chennaiyin FC with his triple strike.
His next hat-tricks came in Kerala Blasters’ 3-6 loss to Chennaiyin FC (ISL 2019-20) and Hyderabad FC’s 4-0 win against SC East Bengal (ISL 2021-22).
Indian national football team captain Sunil Chhetri is the only homegrown player to have scored a hat-trick in the Indian Super League. Chhetri is among the six players with two hat-tricks in the tournament.
Andre Moritz, the first player to score a hat-trick in the Indian Super League, leads the list of 13 players with a solitary triple strike in the ISL.
Most hat-tricks in Indian Super League
|Player||Hat-tricks||Last hat-trick date|
|Ian Hume||3||January 10, 2018|
|Bartholomew Ogbeche||January 24, 2022|
|Stiven Mendoza||2||November 21, 2015|
|Dudu Omagbemi||November 26, 2016|
|Coro||December 9, 2017|
|Marcelinho||December 30, 2017|
|Sunil Chhetri||March 11, 2018|
|Modou Sougou||February 22, 2019|
|Andre Moritz||1||October 18, 2014|
|Thongkhosiem Haokip||November 17, 2015|
|Reinaldo||November 29, 2015|
|Diego Forlán||November 19, 2016|
|Seiminlen Doungel||January 19, 2018|
|Roy Krishna||February 8, 2020|
|Manuel Onwu||February 23, 2020|
|Bipin Singh||February 24, 2021|
|Greg Stewart||December 14, 2021|
|Deshorn Brown||December 27, 2021|
|Kiyan Nassiri||January 29, 2022|
|Jorge Ortiz||February 9, 2022|
|Airam Cabrera||March 6, 2022|
Author: William Paul
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