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31 October 1987, Chetan Sharma Takes First World Cup Hat-trick

Cricketnext Staff |October 31, 2018, 12:51 AM IST
31 October 1987, Chetan Sharma Takes First World Cup Hat-trick

On this day in 1987, Chetan Sharma became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in World Cup when he took three in as many balls against New Zealand in Nagpur.

India needed a big win over the Kiwis in order to finish ahead of Australia and secure a home semi-final.

Jeff Crowe won the toss and opted to bat but the Kiwis never got going losing wickets at regular intervals and towards the end Chetan Sharma registered the first ever World Cup hat-trick, as he accounted for Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield with the last three balls of his sixth over.

All three were clean bowled and New Zealand finished with 221 for 9 on board.

India needed to chase the target in 42.2 overs, and thanks to some sensational batting from Kris Srikanth and Sunil Gavaskar, they reached the target in just 32.1 overs.

Srikanth smashed 75 from 58 balls as he was on his usual destructive self, but the surprise package was Sunil Gavaskar, as he smashed his only ODI ton off 85 balls.

Wisden Almanack described the chase as "batting of breathtaking brilliance."

India eventually went onto lose the semi-final to England, as Graham Gooch smashed a wonderful century, scoring 115 in the semi-final, and sweeping away the Indian spinners.

However, Chetan Sharma's achievement was soon forgotten as he conceded a last ball six to Javed Miandad in Sharjah, and since India lost the match to Pakistan, Sharma became the perennial villain of Indian cricket.

He ended up playing 23 Tests, taking 61 wickets at an average of 35.45. His ODI career was slightly longer as he played 65 matches and took 67 wickets at an average of 34.86.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
7 6 1 0 12 +0.90
2
NZ
6 5 0 1 11 +1.30
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
7 4 3 0 8 +1.05
5
BAN
7 3 3 1 7 -0.13
6
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
7
PAK
6 2 3 1 5 -1.26
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
7 0 7 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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