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CWC 2019: Players who have taken World Cup hat-tricks

In the competition’s 44-year history, a total of eleven Cricket World Cup hat-tricks have been taken, with New Zealand’s Trent Boult the latest to add his name to the list with a remarkable spell against Australia on Saturday.

The Kiwi joined a prestigious list of bowlers, whith names ranging from some of the best in white-ball cricket, to at least one player more famous with his prowess with the with willoow than he is with leather.

This was, however, the second hat-trick in the 2019 edition of the competition, with India’s Mohammad Shami skittling a hapless Afghanistan early on in the week, and with a fair bit of cricket still to be played – the record for most incidents of bowlers grabbing three in three stands to be broken.

Nine of the eleven world cup hat-tricks have come in the last editions of the tournament, with 2003, 2011, 2015 and now 2019 all recording two apiece.

The men who have thrilled with the leather

The first Cricket World Cup hat-trick came in the 1987 edition and was achieved by Indian seamer Chetan Sharma, who dismissed New Zealand’s Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield on his way to the history books.

It would take another 12 years and three World Cups before the feat was repeated, with Pakistan’s legendary off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq etching his name into folklore in 1999, as he skittled out Zimbabwe’s tail. His victims were Henry Olonga, Adam Huckle and Pommie Mbangwa.

The turn of the century provided a few outrageous hat-tricks, starting with Chaminda Vaas early demolition job on Bangladesh in Pietermaritzburg in 2003 with the first three deliveries of the game.

The 2003 edition was the first to provide more than one hat-trick, with Australian speedster Brett Lee following suit 11 days after the wiley old Sri Lankan as he did the same against Kenya.

Four years later in the Caribbean, Vaas’ countryman Lasith Malinga dished out the most thrilling of the lot against South Africa.

With the Proteas cruising to victory, needing four runs to win with five wickets in hand, the slinger threw a cat amongst pigeons as he accounted for all rounders Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall and Jacques Kallis in consecutive balls. He was not done as, in the very next delivery, he clean bowled Makhaya Ntini to leave Robin Peterson and Charl Langeveldt on the crease.

The duo did, however, manage to steer South Africa to victory under immense pressure.

Malinga would get another hat-trick in 2011, with Kemar Roach also getting one of his own.

The 2015 World Cup featured the most unlikely addition to the list in South African batting all-rounder JP Duminy, who three wickets in as many balls helped his country to their first knock-out victory against Sri Lanka in the quarterfinal, shortly after England paceman Steve Finn had done the same against the Netherlands in the group stage.

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Cape Town-180207 South African cricket spinner JP Duminy congratulated by his captain Aiden Makram after taking his first wicket in a ODI game at Newlands.photograph:Phando Jikelo/African News Agency(ANA)

Cricket World Cup hat-tricks

Chetan Sharma – India vs New Zealand (1987)

Saqlain Mushtaq – Pakistan vs Zimbabwe (1999)

Chaminda Vaas – Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh (2003)

Brett Lee – Australia vs Kenya ( 2003)

Lasith Malinga – Sri Lanka vs South Africa (2007)

Kemar Roach – West Indies vs Netherlands (2011)

Lasith Malinga – Sri Lanka vs Kenya (2011)

Steve Finn – England vs Netherlands (2015)

JP Duminy – South Africa vs Sri Lanka (2015)

Mohammad Shami – India vs Afghanistan (2019)

Trent Boult – New Zealand vs Australia (2019)

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