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On This Day: Irfan Pathan stunned Pakistan with a memorable hat-trick in 2006

Irfan Pathan's hat-trick against Pakistan in Karachi remains one of the greatest moments in India's 21st-century cricket history.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: January 29, 2021 10:02:42 am
Irfan Pathan hattrickIrfan Pathan also became the first bowler to claim a Test hat-trick in the first over of the match. (FILE)

Former India left-arm pacer Irfan Pathan, who retired from international cricket in January 2020, was regarded as one of the most prominent talents in the world at one point. In his prime, Pathan has had a number of memorable moments with both ball and bat in international cricket.

On January 29 in 2006, Irfan Pathan took a hat-trick against Pakistan in Karachi Test. Let’s relive the historic moment 15 years after the feat that has gone on to becoming something of a defining moment in his career.

Highlights:

It was the third and final Test of the series between India and Pakistan in Karachi. The previous two matches were drawn. Pakistan were batting first and Pathan was given the new ball by captain Sourav Ganguly. Salman Butt was the man on strike. The first three were dot balls and then came the fourth. It swung away from the left-hander and was nicked to Rahul Dravid at first slip. Younis Khan then came on and was treated to a vicious inswinger. He played the wrong line, the ball hit the pads and he was plumb.

Ganguly then set an aggressive field for Mohammad Yousuf but it wasn’t required. Another inswinger had Yousuf bamboozled and the ball crashed on to the stumps. Irfan Pathan became only the second Indian bowler since Harbhajan Singh to get a Test hat-trick.

Despite that Pakistan fought back through Kamran Akmal in that innings and India were unable to surpass that total. Pakistan went on to score a mammoth 599/7 due to a century from Faisal Iqbal and valuable knocks from Mohammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq. Razzaq and Mohammad Asif then ripped through the Indian batting order. India, despite the hat-trick and Yuvraj Singh’s century in the second innings, lost that match and thus the series.

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