Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pacer, Harshal Patel, claimed the 20th hat-trick in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) during match 39 of the 14th edition of the T20 tournament against Mumbai Indians (MI). Patel achieved the feat in Dubai on Sunday, dismissing Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Rahul Chahar as RCB defended a target of 166 to crush MI by 54 runs. In the wake of the latest IPL hat-trick, we got back in history and revisit the previous 19 occasions when a bowler has claimed three wickets of as many balls.
IPL 2008 – (Lakshmipathy Balaji, Amit Mishra, Makhaya Ntini)
The first edition of the IPL itself saw three players bagging hat-tricks. Laxmipathy Balaji was the first-ever player to take a hat-trick in the IPL. He dismissed Irfan Pathan, Piyush Chawla and
VRV Singh, playing for CSK against Punjab. He finished with 5 for 24 as CSK won by 18 runs.
Amit Mishra got the first of his three IPL hat-tricks representing Delhi Capitals against Deccan Chargers. He dismissed Ravi Teja, Pragyan Ojha and RP Singh. He picked up 5 for 17 and bowled Delhi to a 12-run win.
Makhaya Ntini picked up the third hat-trick of IPL 2008. Playing for CSK against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), he dismissed Sourav Ganguly, Debabrata Das and David Hussey. He ended with 4 for 21 as CSK won by 3 runs (D/L method)
IPL 2009 – (Yuvraj Singh (2), Rohit Sharma)
The 2009 edition had three hat-tricks, two of them bagged by the same player Yuvraj Singh and one by Rohit Sharma. Yuvraj got his first hat-trick, representing Punjab against RCB. He sent back Robin Uthappa, Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher. RCB though won by eight runs.
Rohit’s hat-trick came for Deccan against the team he is currently leading, MI. He got with wickets of Abhishek Nayar, Harbhajan Singh and JP Duminy as DC won the game by 19 runs.
Yuvraj’s second hat-trick of the season (the only player to achieve the feat) came against the Chargers. He claimed the scalps of Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Symonds and Venugopal Rao. Punjab won the contest by 1 run.
IPL 2010 – (Praveen Kumar)
RCB’s Praveen Kumar claimed three in three against RR. His victims were Damien Martyn, Sumit Narwal and Paras Dogra. RR were rolled over for 92 and won the contest by 10 wickets.
IPL 2011- (Amit Mishra)
Amit Mishra got his second hat-trick, playing for Chargers against Punjab. His victims were Ryan McLaren, Mandeep Singh and Ryan Harris. Mishra claimed 4 for 9 and the Chargers won by 82 runs.
IPL 2012 – (Ajit Chandila)
Ajit Chandila, who was later banned for his role in IPL spot-fixing, claimed a hat-trick for RR against Pune Warriors India (PWI) in 2012. His wickets were Jesse Ryder, Sourav Ganguly and Robin Uthappa. Chandila claimed 4 for 13 as RR won by 45 runs.
IPL 2013 – (Amit Mishra, Sunil Narine)
Playing for SRH in 2013, Mishra claimed his third IPL. Before him, KKR’s mystery-spinner Sunil Narine got the first hat-trick of the season.
Narine dismissed David Hussey, Azhar Mahmood and Gurkeerat Singh of Punjab. It was in a losing cause though as KKR failed to chase 158 and lost by four runs.
Mishra’s hat-trick came against PWI when he picked the scalps of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Sharma and Ashok Dinda. Mishra also scored 30 with the bat as SRH won by 11 runs.
IPL 2014 – (Pravin Tambe, Shane Watson)
IPL 2014 saw two hat-tricks, both from the same franchise – RR. Leg-spinner Tambe claimed three consecutive wickets against KKR. He got the scalps of Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan and Ryan ten Doeschate. Royals won by 10 runs, defending a target of 170.
Watson’s hat-trick came against SRH. He got the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques and Karn Sharma. His effort wasn’t enough though as Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed 4 for 14 and SRH defended a target of 135, winning the game by 32 runs.
IPL 2016 – (Axar Patel)
After IPL 2015 did not produce any hat-trick, 2016 also saw only one. That was by left-arm spinner Axar Patel. He took a hat-trick for Punjab against Gujarat Lions. Axar dismissed Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja. He finished with 4 for 21 as PBKS won the game easily, by 23 runs.
IPL 2017 – (Samuel Badree, Andrew Tye and Jaydev Unadkat)
IPL 2017 was the year of hat-tricks all over again. Samuel Badree, Andrew Tye and Jaydev Unadkat all bagging one each.
Samuel Badree picked his hat-trick for RCB against MI, getting the scalps of Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan and Rohit Sharma. MI, however, won the game, chasing down 143 with four wickets in hand.
On the same day as Badree, Tye took a hat-trick on IPL debut. He dismissed Ankit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Shardul Thakur, representing GL against RPS. Gujarat won by 7 wickets.
The third hat-trick of the season was taken by Unadkat for RPS against SRH. Unadkat got the wickets of Bipul Sharma, Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He claimed 5 for 30 as SRH won the contest by 12 runs.
IPL 2019 – (Sam Curran, Shreyas Gopal)
IPL 2018 was a rare hat-trick less year for the T20 league. Normalcy was restored in 2019. Sam Curran, and Shreyas Gopal picked hat-tricks. Playing for Punjab against Delhi, Curran sent back Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane. His 4 for 11 saw Punjab defeat DC by 14 runs.
The last hat-trick before the one taken by Harshal Patel on Sunday was claimed by RR leggie Gopal against RCB. It was a massive hat-trick as there were three big names a victims Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis. The match produced no result though. RCB made 62 for 7 in five overs. In response, RR were 41 for 1 in 3.2 overs, chasing 63 when no further play was possible.
(IPL 2020 did not see a single hat-trick).
IPL 2021 – Harshal Patel
Fast bowler Harshal Patel enjoyed a hat trick in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s thumping 54-run victory over Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. Patel finished with figures of 4-17. He is the third Bangalore bowler to take a hat trick in the history of the IPL. Patel took the wickets of Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Rahul Chahar with three perfect slower deliveries before routing Mumbai for 111 in 18.1 overs by clean bowling Adam Milne.