Pathan performs Test's 36th hat-trick
Australia's TJ Matthews is the only bowler till date to take hat-tricks twice in one innings.
India's left-arm pacer Irfan Pathan Sunday performed Test cricket's 36th hat-trick when he dismissed three Pakistanis in the opening over of the third and final Test here.
Pathan dismissed opener Salman Butt, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf off the fourth, fifth and sixth deliveries of his first over to give India a sensational start at the National Stadium.
Pathan, 21, became only the second Indian, after off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, to achieve the marvellous feat. Harbhajan had performed the feat in the second Test against Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2001.
Pathan has earlier taken three hat-tricks at various junior level tournaments. He had also taken his career's third hat-trick in Pakistan - during an under-19 tournament at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore a few years ago.
He came close to performing the feat in Test cricket a few times earlier, including in a match against Bangladesh on the tour of that country in 2004.
Overall, it was the 36th instance in Test cricket since Australia's FR Spofforth achieved the feat against England in Melbourne in 1878-79. Spofforth had dismissed VPFA Royle, FA Mackinnon and T Emmett for the Test cricket's maiden hat-trick.
Australia' TJ Matthews is the only bowler till date to take hat-tricks twicein one innings. He did so against South Africa in Manchester in 1912. In the first innings, Matthews accounted for R. Beaumont, SJ Pegler and TA Ward, while in the second innings he dismissed HW Taylor, RO Schwartz and TA Ward.
The Indian team is in Pakistan on a 45-day tour, during which it will also play five one-day internationals. The Test series is levelled at 0-0.
List of bowlers who have taken hat-tricks:
1. Fred Spofforth (Australia) v England, Melbourne 1879
2. Billy Bates (England) v Australia, Melbourne 1883
3. Johnny Briggs (England) v Australia, Sydney 1892
4. George Lohmann (England) v S. Africa, Port Elizabeth 1896
5. Jack Hearne (England) v Australia, Leeds 1899
6. Hugh Trumble (Australia) v England, Melbourne 1902
7. Hugh Trumble (Australia) v England, Melbourne 1904
8. Jimmy Matthews (Australia)* v South Africa, Manchester 1912
9. Maurice Allom (England) v New Zealand, Christchurch 1930
10. Tom Goddard (England) v S. Africa, Johannesburg 1938
11. Peter Loader (England) v West Indies, Leeds 1957
12. Lindsay Kline (Australia) v South Africa, Cape Town 1958
13. Wes Hall (West Indies) v Pakistan, Lahore 1959
14. Geoffrey Griffin (South Africa) v England, Lord's 1960
15. Lance Gibbs (West Indies) v Australia, Adelaide 1961
16. Peter Petherick (New Zealand) v Pakistan, Lahore 1976
17. Courtney Walsh (West Indies) v Australia, Brisbane 1988
18. Merv Hughes (Australia) v West Indies, Perth 1988
19. Damien Fleming (Australia) v Pakistan, Rawalpindi 1994
20. Shane Warne (Australia) v England, Melbourne 1994
21. Dominic Cork (England) v West Indies, Old Trafford 1995
22. Darren Gough (England) v Australia, Sydney 1999
23. Wasim Akram (Pakistan) v Sri Lanka, Lahore 1999
24. Wasim Akram (Pakistan) v Sri Lanka, Dhaka 1999
25.Nuwan Zoysa (Sri Lanka) v Zimbabwe, Harare 1999
26. Abdul Razzaq (Pakistan) v Sri Lanka, Galle 2000
27. Glenn McGrath (Australia) v West Indies, Perth 2000
28. Harbhajan Singh (India) v Australia, Kolkata 2001
29. Mohammad Sami (Pakistan) v Sri Lanka, Lahore 2002
30. Jermaine Lawson (West Indies) v Australia, Bridgetown 2003
31. Alok Kapali (Bangladesh) v Pakistan, Peshawar 2003
32. Andy Blignaut (Zimbabwe) v Bangladesh, Harare 2004
33. Matthew Hoggard (England) v West Indies, Barbados 2004
34. James Franklin (New Zealand) v Bangladesh, Dhaka 2004
35. Irfan Pathan (India) v Pakistan, Karachi 2006
* Matthews took two hat-tricks in one innings