KL Rahul has been a lucky charm for his team’s bowlers as the Indian Batsmen has witnessed a total of five hat-tricks in the calendar year. Rahul recently scored a half-century in India’s latest victory over Bangladesh. His innings was instrumental as India won the series 2-1 against their subcontinent neighbours. However, Deepak Chahar was the main talking point as he took 6 wickets in the match and also became the first Indian Male Cricketer to take a hat-trick in T20Is. Rahul has witnessed hat-tricks in domestic as well as international matches this year, so let us have a look at the matches in which he owned this rare feat. India Defeat Bangladesh by 30 Runs in 3rd T20I 2019 to Clinch Series 2–1, Twitterati Laud Rohit Sharma and Boys for Their Spectacular Victory.
Due to his fantastic performance and half-century against Bangladesh, he moved to eight position in the ICC T20I Batsmen rankings while Rohit Sharma remains India’s top-ranked batsman in seventh. Deepak Chahar courtesy of his brilliant hat-trick against Bangladesh moved up 88 slots to 42nd in the latest ICC T20I bowlers ranking. Latest ICC T20I Player Rankings: Deepak Chahar Jumps 88 Places in Bowlers' List Courtesy Brilliant Hat-Trick Against Bangladesh.
KL Rahul was a part of KXIP in IPL 2019 and Karnataka in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019 where Sam Curran and Abhimanyu Mithun took hat-tricks for their respective teams. He also represented India when Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Deepak Chahar bagged hat-tricks.
Sam Curran vs Delhi Capitals, April 1, 2019
Sam Curran claimed the first hat-trick of the 2019 IPL season when he ran through the lower order of Delhi Capitals. Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane were the Englishman's three victims.
Mohammed Shami vs Afghanistan, June 22, 2019
Shami replaced injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar for this ICC World Cup 2019 match. He made a game-changing difference in the last over of the match. Mohammed Shami dismissed Mohammad Nabi, Aftab Alam and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman off consecutive balls in the final over as India secured a thrilling win.
Jasprit Bumrah vs West Indies, August 31, 2019
Jasprit Bumrah took his maiden Test hat-trick in the second against West Indies at Sabina Park in Kingston. Darren Bravo, Shamarah Brooks and Roston Chase were the three victims of the Indian pacer as he finished the innings with astonishing figures of 6 for 27.
Abhimanyu Mithun vs Tamil Nadu, October 25, 2019
Abhimanyu became the first Karnataka bowler to take a hat-trick in Vijay Hazare trophy. He also became only the second player to take hat-tricks in both Ranji Trophy and Vijay Hazare trophy. In the last over of the innings, Karnataka pacer dismissed Shahrukh Khan, M Mohammed and Murugan Ashwin.
Deepak Chahar vs Bangladesh, November 10, 2019
Deepak Chahar became the first Indian male cricketer to take a hat-trick in T20Is. He finished the match with figures of 6/7. This was Chahar’s maiden 5-wicket haul and his bowling figures happen to be the best figures in Men’s T20Is. Shaiful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman and Aminul Islam were his three victims.
KL Rahul’s form in the recent matches will surely make him one of the first picks in the Indian team for the 2020 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. The Indian batsman will miss the test series against Bangladesh as he was not selected in the squad. India will welcome back captain Virat Kohli for the test series as he was rested from the T20Is.