Pakistan’s young bowler Faheem Ashraf, on Friday, became the first ever Pakistani to achieve a hat-trick in T20Is, the shortest format of the game.
The 23-year-old bowler got wickets of Udana, Udawatte and Shanaka to become the only sixth player in the twenty-over format in Abu Dhabi during the second T20I against Sri Lanka. Ashraf’s fiery over was the penultimate over of Sri Lanka’s innings in which he claimed three consecutive wickets on the last three deliveries of the over.
1st Wicket of Isuru Udana:
2nd Wicket of Mahela Udawatte:
3rd Wicket of Dasun Shanaka:
Faheem Ashraf is the sixth player overall to achieve the unique feat of hat-trick in T20Is and First Pakistani to get Hat-trick in T20Is.
Before him, Australia’s Brett Lee, New Zealand’s Jacob Oram and Tim Southee along with Sri Lankan duo of Thisara Perera and Lasith Malinga have achieved this feat.
Faheem is also the first Pakistani bowler in fifteen years across all formats to achieve three-in-three, the last Pakistani bowler to achieve an international hat-trick was Mohammad Sami, who achieved the feat during Lahore Test against Sri Lanka in March 2002.
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) October 27, 2017
Wasim Akram (twice) and Abdul Razzaq are other Pakistanis to achieve hat-tricks in Test Cricket.
In ODIs, Pakistan’s Jalaluddin achieved the first-ever hat-trick in 1982. Wasim Akram, Aqib Javed, Waqar Younis, Saqlain Mushtaq and Mohammad Sami were other Pakistani bowlers to achieve ODI hat-tricks.