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Stuart Broad effected a hat-trick at Headingley without anyone, even the players, even Broad himself, realising. Sitting in front of the microphone, David Lloyd was perhaps the only one present at the ground to realise the fact, as did the websites providing online score. Abhishek Mukherjee looks at Broad’s second hat-trick — an incident that went completely unnoticed by the crowd.
Stuart Broad had Kumar Sangakkara caught brilliantly at gully off the final ball of his 12th over. Liam Plunkett took out Dhammika Prasad at the other end, and once again it was over to Broad. The first ball of the next over took Dinesh Chandimal’s edge and flew to Alastair Cook at first slip; walking out next ball, Shaminda Eranga was caught-behind!
A hat-trick is supposed to cause jubilation — in the crowd, among the players, and most importantly, to the bowler himself. A second hat-trick, doubly so. Surprisingly, all of them remained quiet, barring David Lloyd at the commentary box, whose bumbly voice behind the microphone announced the achievement.
Broad went back nonchalantly to his mark as play commenced. It was almost ridiculous that a feat of this magnitude would go unnoticed, but it did. Despite the fact that the crowd did not take a notice, it probably comes as a good message for cricket: people, even cricketers, are more engrossed in the match than about personal records.
Whether Broad notices or not is another issue. We, the number crunchers, are not going to sit back. Here, then, is a list of all bowlers with two Test hat-tricks:
|Bowler||Opposition||Ground||Season||Batsmen dismissed||How out|
|Hugh Trumble||England||MCG||1901-02||John Gunn||c Sammy Jones|
|Arthur Jones||c Joe Darling|
|Syd Barnes||c & b|
|England||MCG||1903-04||Bernard Bosanquet||c Algy Gehrs|
|Pelham Warner||c & b|
|Jimmy Matthews||South Africa||Old Trafford||1912||Rolland Piedmont||bowled|
|South Africa||Old Trafford||1912||Herbie Taylor||bowled|
|Reggie Schwarz||c & b|
|Tommy Ward||c & b|
|Wasim Akram||Sri Lanka||Gaddafi||1998-99||Romesh Kaluwitharana||c Moin Khan|
|Sri Lanka||Bangabandhu||1998-99||Avishka Gunawardene||c Shahid Afridi|
|Mahela Jayawardene||c Wajahatullah Wasti|
|Stuart Broad||India||Trent Bridge||2011||MS Dhoni||c James Anderson|
|Sri Lanka||Headingley||2014||Kumar Sangakkara||c Ian Bell|
|Dinesh Chandimal||c Alastair Cook|
|Shaminda Eranga||c Matt Prior|
— Not only did Matthews take his hat-tricks in the same Test, they also came on the same day: May 28, 1912.
— Broad is the only bowler to take hat-tricks against two separate nations.
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