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ICC World Cup 2019: Chetan Sharma Compares His World Cup Hat-Trick to Shami’s

Cricketnext Staff |June 24, 2019, 8:35 PM IST
ICC World Cup 2019: Chetan Sharma Compares His World Cup Hat-Trick to Shami’s

When Mohammad Shami took the final wicket of Mujeeb Ur Rahman against Afghanistan to complete his hat-trick, Chetan Sharma’s unique distinction of being the only Indian to take a World Cup hat-trick no longer held.

Sharma had taken his hat-trick against New Zealand in the 1987 World Cup, and in a video tweeted by the official BCCI account, he compares his hat-trick to Shami’s, while lauding the efforts of the Indian bowling attack in the ongoing World Cup.

“When Mohammad Shami was running in to bowl the hat-trick ball, my heart was telling me it’s going to be a hat-trick. I must have jumped at least four feet from where I was sitting after seeing that ball going at 145kmph crash into the leg-stump,” Sharma said in the video.

“Both balls hit leg-stump for the hat-trick. And even I was a quick right-arm bowler, like Shami.

“Before the hat-trick ball, MS Dhoni said something to Shami, and I knew he was talking to him about the hat-trick. ‘Bowl the ball straight, and wicket to wicket.’ In 1987 as well, Kapil (my captain) had told me the same thing. Keep the ball wicket to wicket, because the batsman that is walking out to face the hat-trick ball is already nervous. He will only try and prevent the hat-trick, so you have a big chance of succeeding.

“The Indian bowlers are doing very well, and I hope they keep bowling with the same pace and same attitude to win the World Cup and bring it home.”

The match against Afghanistan was Shami’s first in the World Cup, and with Bhuvneshwar Kumar injured, Shami is expected to play an important role as he tournament progresses past the group stages.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

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 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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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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