The Indian Premier League has taken the T20 format to new heights in the game of cricket. It is not a wrong statement to say that IPL has given a totally new vision to the shorter format and now the world is following in its footsteps. The 20-over game is a fast-moving game that is full of action and entertainment. That’s the reason this is the most popular form of cricket worldwide among cricket lovers. Batters have complete freedom to pursue bowling. Bowlers, on the other hand, get more opportunities to take a wicket.
But in a span of just 20 overs, scoring a century becomes more difficult. Although there are still a few players who have succeeded in doing so. But for bowlers, they get only 24 balls to bowl in the entire innings. And their role is as vital as the batters’. There are some bowlers who have mastered the art of bowling in T20 cricket. In this article, we will discuss such bowlers who have taken a hat-trick in the history of the IPL.
List of Bowlers with an IPL Hat tricks
IPL has given many stars to India and world cricket. And a bowler learns to bowl and handle pressure situations in this tournament. The lucrative league started in the year 2008. In the first season itself, fans saw its first hat-trick. Former Indian pacer and CSK quick Lakshmipathy Balaji was the first bowler to register this feat in the tournament. His best performance came against Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings), when he took 5/24. In the very same season, two other bowlers also took a hat-trick each. South African pacer Makhaya Ntini against KKR and Indian veteran spinner Amit Mishra against the Deccan Chargers, respectively.
|Lakshmipathy Balaji||Punjab Kings||2008|
|Amit Mishra||Deccan Chargers||2008|
|Makhaya Ntini||Kolkata Knight Riders||2008|
|Yuvraj Singh||Deccan Chargers||2009|
|Sunil Narine||Punjab Kings||2013|
|Shane Watson||Sunrisers Hyderabad||2014|
|Samuel Badree||Mumbai Indians||2017|
|Sam Curran||Delhi Capitals||2019|
|Shreyas Gopal||Royal Challengers Bangalore||2019|
|Harshal Patel||Royal Challengers Bangalore||2021|
|Yuzvendra Chahal||Kolkata Knight Riders||2022|
The first season had three hat-tricks, and the next season also had the same number of hat-tricks. But have you ever imagined how fantastic it would be if a bowler scored a century in T20 cricket? But all three hat-tricks in 2009 were not taken by the bowlers but by specialist batsmen. In 2009, Indian veteran left-hander Yuvraj Singh and Indian skipper Rohit Sharma had those hat-tricks. Yuvraj Singh got hat-tricks against the Deccan Chargers and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Rohit got it against his current franchise, the Mumbai Indians.
Six hat-tricks in the first two seasons were incredible, but the next three seasons had one apiece. In 2010, it was Praveen Kumar, in 2011 it was Amit Mishra, and in 2011 it was Ajit Chandila, who took the hat-tricks.
The Hat trick man of the IPL, “Amit Mishra”
The veteran Indian leg-spinner Amit Mishra holds the record of taking three hat-tricks in the Indian Premier League. He set this record in the 2013 season when he took his third IPL hat-trick against Pune Warriors. Sunil Narine was the other bowler to take three-ball three-wickets in the same season against Punjab.
Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural IPL season, but 2014 was another good season for them, especially in the bowling department. In the 2014 season, two bowlers took a hat-trick apiece, and both were from RR. All-rounder Shane Watson against SRH and Pravin Tambe against KKR took a hat-trick each. But 2015 didn’t see any hat-tricks in the entire season. In 2016, it was Punjab bowler Axar Patel who took a hat-trick against Gujarat Lions, including a figure of 4/21.
After the 2008 and 2009 seasons, 2017 was another season with three bowlers taking hat-tricks. Andrew Tye against Rising Pune Supergiant, Jaydev Unadkat against Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Samuel Badree against Mumbai Indians, took a hat-trick each. Badree’s performance was incredible, not because of his hat-trick, but because he bowled one of the most economical spells in IPL history. The West Indian spinner bowled four overs for just nine runs and took four wickets.
The 2018 season was another season without a hat-trick.
But in 2019, two bowlers were successful in doing that. Shreyas Gopal against RCB and Sam Curran against Delhi Capitals took a hat-trick apiece.
The 2020 season was the third season without a hat-trick.
But the last hat-trick of the Indian Premier League came in the 2021 season. And it was none other than the “Purple Cap” holder of that season, Harshal Patel. The RCB pacer took a hat-trick in a game against the Mumbai Indians. He ended the tournament with 32 wickets, the joint highest ever.
Yuzvendra Chahal took first hat trick of IPL 2022.