There are bowlers who are considered as the back bone for the bowling team are as important in a match as any other person. And if that very bowler makes out a hat-trick in his spell, the opponents are usually doomed that day. There are only five bowlers to achieve that yet. They all have done it only once in the career, most of them resulted in their best performances in T20I cricket.
The legendary Australian speedster, Brett Lee holds the privilege to be the first pacer and bowler to take a hat-trick in a T20I match. He was surely the one of best of his time. It was the inaugural season of World Cup T-20 held in South Africa in 2007-2008 where he has done that. Australia was up against Bangladesh.
Brett Lee bowled the 17th over in which he was driven to boundary on the very first ball but he bounced back strongly, plucking off Shakib, Masrafe Mortaza and Alok Kapali in three consecutive deliveries to take a hat-trick.
Jacob Oram, New Zealand’s feisty all rounder, was the second player to claim a T20I hat-trick. It was a unique in this format, as it’s the only one that was completed over two overs, and as a result, he and his teammates didn’t realize it at first. The realization soon came and the Kiwis cherished that afterward when he realized through an email from his parents. He dismissed Angelo Mathews off the final delivery of 17th and went on to dismiss
Malinga Bandara and Nuwan Kulasekara in the final over’s first two balls to swing a thriller in New Zealand’s favour and seal a 3 run victory.
Tim Southee, again from New Zealand, was the next player to take a hat-trick in T20Is. He did that against Pakistan in 2010. Southee was troubling Pakistani batsmen as soon as he started his spell and in the eighth over he claimed the hat-trick. He dismissed Pakistan’s key batsmen, Younis Khan, Muhammad Hafeez and Umer Akmal in a clinical and, ultimately match winning, spell. He went on to claim his best bowling figures in the format as he dismissed two more men and finished with 5 for 17 in his spell, still the best figures by a New Zealander in international T20s.
The rise of T20 leagues saw fewer T20Is played. As a result, it was 5 further years before the next T20I hat-trick. At Ranchi in early 2016, a time when both India and Sri Lanka were preparing for the upcoming Asia Cup and World T20.
In the second of three T20Is, Thisara Perera took a hat-trick that came from nowhere. India had raced to 186-3 by the 19th over, before Perera got Hardik Pandya to mistimed his shot, Suresh Raina to chip the ball straight to square leg, and Yuvraj Singh to to mistime his shot straight to long on. It was too little too late for Sri Lanka though, as India still racked up 196-6, and Sri Lanka never looked like chasing it, folding for a meagre 127 as India’s bowlers ran riot.
To Colombo now, in early 2016, for the next hat-trick. This one was taken by Lasith Malinga, who was, at his best, arguably the best T20 bowler in the world. But now, he was aged and past his best. But he still had enough for a hat-trick against a Bangladesh side that had improved immensely over the past 4 years.
After thrashing the tourists in the first match, Sri Lanka found themselves on the back foot by the 19th over of Bangladesh’s innings. Malinga stepped in though, and with his third, fourth and fifth balls of his last over, he castled Mushfiqur Rahim’s off stump, toppled Mashrafe Mortaza for a golden duck in his final T20I, and then trapped Mahedi Hassan in front to take his fourth full hat-trick at international level (tied with Wasim Akram) and first in T20Is.