Top Cricketers with the Most Hat-tricks in ODI and Test Cricket
Getting a hat-trick is always an exciting feeling for a bowler and the spectators. It is when they get three or more wickets in a row, effectively stunning the opposition team and bringing in an extra layer of entertainment and adrenaline into the game.
Here is a list of cricketers with multiple hat-tricks in their cricketing career. We’ve separated the list into ODIs and Tests for better understanding –
Cricketers with Most Hat-tricks in ODIs
Taking hat-tricks in ODIs more than one time is a record that belongs to 5 bowlers and here’s how they got it-
1. Lasith Malinga
The Sri Lankan pacer is the only bowler to have taken a hat-trick three times in his cricketing career. Lasith Malinga took his first hat-trick in the World Cup of 2007 against South Africa, where he took not just three, but four wickets in a row. He also took hat-tricks against Kenya -and Australia in 2011.
2. Wasim Akram
The legendary bowler from Pakistan has taken two hat-tricks in his career. He achieved the feat against the West Indies in 1989 and Australia in 1990.
3. Saqlain Mushtaq
The leg spinner from Pakistan too holds the record for two hat-tricks in his playing career when he achieved it against Zimbabwe in 1996 and in 1999.
4. Chaminda Vaas
The Sri Lankan pacer has taken two hat-tricks. Once against Zimbabwe in 2001 and against Bangladesh in 2003.
5. Trent Boult
Current New Zealand pacer Trent Boult took two hat-tricks. One was against Pakistan in 2018 and the other against Australia in 2019.
Cricketers with Most Hat-tricks in Tests
Taking more than one hat-trick in Tests has occurred for many bowlers as well-
1. Hug Trumbley
The Australian spinner took a hat-trick against England in 1902 and in 1904 and was one of the first bowlers to ever do so.
2. Jimmy Mathews
This Australian bowler took a hat-trick against South Africa in 1912, twice in the same test match.
3. Wasim Akram
The Pakistan legend even has two hat-tricks in Tests, when he achieved the feat in the same series against Sri Lanka in 1999.
4. Stuart Broad
The English fast bowler Stuart Broad took two hat-tricks when he achieved it in 2011 against India and 2014 against Sri Lanka.
While no bowler has taken two hat-tricks in the T20 format of the game, there have been a few who have managed the feat in their allowed quota of just 24 balls. Some of these players include the likes of –
- Brett Lee versus Bangladesh
- Jacob Oram versus Sri Lanka
- Tim Southee versus Pakistan
- Thisara Perera versus India
- Faheem Ashraf versus Pakistan
- Rashid Khan versus Ireland
- Lasith Malinga versus Bangladesh
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