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No, Deepak Chahar Isn't the 'First Indian' to Claim a Hat-trick in a T20I Match

Chahar's sensational bowling figures of 3.2-0-7-6 brought Bangladesh down on its knees but the pacer isn't the first Indian bowler to claim a T20I hat-trick.

Anurag Verma | News18.com

Updated:November 11, 2019, 9:49 AM IST
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No, Deepak Chahar Isn't the 'First Indian' to Claim a Hat-trick in a T20I Match
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On Sunday, 27-year-old pacer Deepak Chahar became the first Indian ever to claim a hat-trick in a T20I match or so we are told.

Chahar's sensational bowling figures at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur brought Bangladesh down on its knees as the Indian pacer shattered several records in a match that was once in visitor's favour thanks to Mohammad Naim's (81 off 48) blinder.

As heavy late evening dew rendered the spinners ineffective, Chahar had something else on his mind.

Chahar broke the back of Bangladeshi batting line up by bagging 6/7 in his four overs (3.2), taking a hat-trick to finish the business as Bangladesh tumbled and lost the match by 30 runs and series 2-1.

But it didn't stop there. This was Chahar's maiden five-wicket haul and his bowling figures on Sunday night happened to be the best T20I figures ever. He was awarded Man of the Match and Man of the Series for his invaluable contribution to the Rohit Sharma-led squad.

Chahar's unmatched bowling figures (3.2-0-7-6) got him the much-deserved congratulatory messages from cricket fans on Twitter. That he was the first Indian ever to pick a hat-trick in a T20I match became the talk of the town.

But something was amiss. Was Chahar really the first Indian ever to pick up a T20I hat-trick? Not really.

Left-arm spinner and first International woman cricketer from Uttarakhand Ekta Bisht achieved the feat seven years ago in a T20I match against Sri Lanka.

Bisht ran through Lankan lower-order with a hat-trick as India outplayed the hosts by nine wickets in the play-off match of the 2012's ICC World Women Twenty20.

Fortunately, Bisht's achievement wasn't lost on close followers of the game, who were quick to "correct" BCCI among others.

While the statement that Chahar is the first Indian to claim a hat-trick in a T20I contest is in itself incorrect, it is also worth noting that the men's and women's T20I formats have been segregated by different nomenclatures for keeping records.

The men's shortest international cricket format is simply called a Twenty20 International (T20I) while women's T20I format has been categorized as Women's Twenty20 International (WT20I).

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