Picking a hattrick is one of the most arduous jobs as a bowler. Getting a batsman out on three consecutive deliveries requires special skill along with accuracy and a bit of luck. It is a bowler’s dream to claim a hat-trick in a World Cup, at the pinnacle of world cricket. However, not every bowler in fortunate to create this piece of history. In last twelve World Cup editions, on a mere 11 instances, a bowler has been able to pick a hat-trick at the world’s biggest cricket platform.
In 1987, India’s Chetan Sharma became the first bowler ever to claim a World Cup Hattrick. Sharma registered himself in the history books when he claimed this special feat against New Zealand at Nagpur in the 1987 Cricket World Cup.
Most recently in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Mohammad Shami became the second Indian bowler to pick a hat-trick in World Cup history. He achieved this landmark in a group stage match against Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl in Southampton in WC 2019. Shami was also the first bowler to claim a World Cup hat-trick in the 2019 edition of the Cricket World Cup.
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Later in the same tournament, Trent Boult became the first New Zealand bowler to pick a hat-trick in World Cup history. The left-arm swing bowler unlocked this major achievement against Australia at the ‘Home of Cricket’ in Lord’s.
Only once in World Cup history, a bowler has claimed more than one hat-trick in his playing career. In 2011 Cricket World Cup, Lasith Malinga became the first bowler to pick two World Cup hattricks. He claimed four wickets in four balls against South Africa in 2007 while registered a hat-trick against Kenya at Colombo in 2011.