On Sunday, Axar Patel joined the elite list of cricketers, who have bagged hat-trick in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Axar picked the key wickets of Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja to bowl Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to a win against table-toppers Gujarat Lions (GL). This was KXIP’s second victory of the season.

In the first season, Laxmipathy Balaji became the first ever bowler to bag an IPL hat-trick. Playing for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), he achieved the feat against a strong KXIP side in 2008. Since then we have seen 13 more instances where this feat has been achieved. MORE INFOGRAPHICS: Rohit Sharma, an IPL Legend

Amit Mishra has been the most successful bowler in terms of hat-tricks, having achieved this feat thrice. Mishra is an extremely successful bowler in IPLs and stands second in the list of most wicket-takers in the cash-rich league. Only one bowler has bagged a hat-trick twice in the same season. It was KXIP’s Yuvraj Singh in 2009 season in South Africa. READ MORE: Yuvraj Singh, Axar Patel, Kings XI Punjab, May 1 and hat-tricks!

In the first two instances of IPL hat-tricks (Balaji and Mishra), the bowlers went on to claim a fifer but surprisingly, that has not happened ever since.

Here is the illustrious list:

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(Suvajit Mustafi consumes cricket for lunch, fiction for dinner and munches numerous other snacks throughout the day. Yes, a jack of several trades, all Suvajit dreamt of was being India’s World Cup winning skipper but ended up being a sports writer, author, screenwriter, director, copywriter, graphic designer, sportsmarketer , strategist, entrepreneur,  philosopher and traveller. Donning so many hats, it’s cricket which gives him the ultimate high and where he finds solace. He can be followed at @RibsGully and rivu7)