The Indian Premier League sees batsmen trying to score from every ball. That can lead to more wickets for the bowlers but does that mean that we’ve seen more hat tricks than in other competitions?
Who Took the First Hat Trick in the IPL?
The man who holds the honour of taking the first ever hat trick in the IPL is Lakshmipathy Balaji. Playing for Chennai Super Kings against Kings XI Punjab in 2008, he claimed the wickets of Irfan Pathan, Piyush Chawla and VRV Singh in successive deliveries.
Balaji finished with the impressive figures of 5/24 in that match as he set a historic milestone.
Who Took the First Hat Trick in the IPL in 2022?
Playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Mumbai Indians, Harshal Patel took the first, and only hat trick of IPL 2021. He claimed some seriously good batters as he dismissed Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Rahul Chahar with three successive deliveries.
Most Hat Tricks in IPL History
1. Amit Mishra (3)
Former Indian international spinner Amit Mishra currently holds the record with an impressive three hat tricks in the IPL. His first came in 2008 when playing for Deccan against the Delhi Capitals.
Three years later, Mishra had switched to the Delhi Capitals and he claimed a hat trick against Kings XI Punjab. The spinner’s final hat trick of hat tricks was completed in 2013 for Sunrisers Hyderabad versus Pune.
2. Yuvraj Singh (2)
Prior to the start of the 2022 tournament, left arm slow bowler Yuvraj Singh is the only other bowler to claim two hat tricks in the IPL.
Yuvi took both of those hat tricks in the 2009 tournament while playing for Kings XI Punjab. The first came against Delhi Capitals and the second against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
3. Makhaya Ntini (1)
South African paceman Makhaya Ntini kicks off our list of bowlers who have taken one IPL Hat Trick. Ntini’s trio was delivered for CSK against KKR in 2008.
4. Ajit Chandila (1)
Off spinner Ajit Chandila played for Rajasthan Royals for just two seasons. Against Pune in 2012, he took a hat trick and finished with figures of 4/13.
5. Samuel Badree (1)
West Indies’ Samuel Badree delivered flat, pacy spinners and would often open the bowling. Playing for RCB against Mumbai in 2017, his hat trick led to stunning figures of 4/9.
6. Rohit Sharma (1)
Rohit Sharma is known as a powerful batsman but, in 2009, while playing for Deccan Chargers against Mumbai Indians, Rohit dismissed Abhishek Nayar, Harbhajan Singh and JP Duminy with consecutive deliveries.
7. Sam Curran (1)
English all rounder Sam Curran now plays for CSK but his IPL hat trick came whilst playing for Kings XI Punjab against Delhi Capitals in 2019.
8. Andrew Tye (1)
Australian seamer AJ Tye is a great exponent of the knuckleball. He also has an IPL hat trick to his name, taking three wickets in three balls for Gujarat against Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017.
9. Pravin Tambe (1)
He made his name as a veteran spinner playing into his 40s but Pravin Tambe was an effective force. His IPL hat trick was for Rajasthan against KKR in 2014.
10. Shreyas Gopal (1)
Completing our list is Shreyas Gopal whose IPL hat trick came when playing for Rajasthan against RCB in 2019.
Who will Take the First Hat Trick in the IPL in 2022?
There are so many amazing bowlers at IPL 2022 and many will be vying to add their names to this list.
Australia’s Mitchell Starc may be returning and he could be joined by some star names including Jasprit Bumrah, Sunil Narine, Jason Holder, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, R Ashwin and many more.
If you want to find out more about some of the historic hat tricks in international cricket, head to our Cricket Hat Tricks 101 article.