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Stuart Broad’s second Test hat-trick: a feat that went unnoticed

Stuart Broad joined an elite club with his feat © Getty Images (File Photo)
Stuart Broad joined an elite club with his feat © Getty Images (File Photo)

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
Dick Lilley LBW
Jimmy Matthews South Africa Old Trafford 1912 Rolland Piedmont bowled
Sid Pegler LBW
Tommy Ward LBW
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
Niroshan Bandaratilleke bowled
Pramodya Wickramasinghe bowled
Sri Lanka Bangabandhu 1998-99 Avishka Gunawardene c Shahid Afridi
Chaminda Vaas bowled
Mahela Jayawardene c Wajahatullah Wasti
Stuart Broad India Trent Bridge 2011 MS Dhoni c James Anderson
Harbhajan Singh LBW
Praveen Kumar bowled
Sri Lanka Headingley 2014 Kumar Sangakkara c Ian Bell
Dinesh Chandimal c Alastair Cook
Shaminda Eranga c Matt Prior

Note:

— 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.

(Abhishek Mukherjee is the Deputy Editor and Cricket Historian at CricketCountry. He blogs at http://ovshake.blogspot.in and can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ovshake42)

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