Jalal-ud-din at the time was unaware of the fact that he had taken the first hat-trick in the history of ODI cricket

On September 20, 1982, Pakistan’s medium pacer Jalal-ud-Din recorded the first ever hat-trick in One-Day Internationals (ODI). It came against Australia at the Niaz Stadium in Hyderabad, Pakistan. Prakash Govindasreenivasan has more.

Pakistan were on the backfoot even before their three-match ODI series at home against the Australians began. Skipper Imran Khan, who had pulled a thigh muscle during their tour of England the same year, decided not risk the recurrence of the injury and opted to sit out. Zaheer Abbas lead the side in Imran’s absence, but the bowling department was clearly left with a void. An unknown entity by the name Jalal-ud-Din, who had played in just a single ODI for Pakistan before, was brought in to replace Imran. Jalal, however, against all odds, shed his amateur status and went on to etch his name in the record books of the 50-over format of the game.

The absence of Imran probably prompted Australian captain Kim Hughes to put the hosts in to bat after winning the toss, in a bid to bowl them out cheaply and draw first blood in the series. However, the flamboyance of Mohsin Khan prevailed against the Australian attack as he slammed 104 from just 101 deliveries, a knock that included as many as 15 boundaries. Two big partnerships — 82 with Mudassar Nazar (28) for the first wicket and 78 with Zaheer Abbas (26) — enabled Mohsin to guide Pakistan to a respectable total of 229 for six in their quota of 40 overs.

The hat-trick

Australia began strongly in their chase of 230. An opening stand of 104 set the tone for Australia to go all the way. However, right-arm off break bowler Tauseef Ahmed picked up three quick wickets. Jalal then got rid of Allan Border to put the pressure on the visitors. At 157 for four, the game was evenly poised and Jalal’s triple strikes ruined the balance completely.

He first cleaned up Rod Marsh who was clearly struggling to spot the ball clearly. New man Bruce Yardley nicked the first delivery he faced into the safe hands of wicketkeeper Wasim Bari to give Jalal an opportunity to become the first ever cricketer to pick up a hat-trick in ODIs. Australia’s Fred Spofforth had done it way back in 1879 in Tests, but no one till Jalal had a chance to achieve it in the limited-over format of the game.

The hat-trick ball was faced by the tall and lanky Geoff Lawson, who let the ball go through and hit the stumps, giving Jalal his third consecutive wicket and fourth of the game.
What followed

Years after his achievement, Jalal was asked about the moment that put his name right at the top of the record books in ODIs. He had a rather interesting reply.

“It was a great feeling. At that time, we were unaware of the fact that it was the first hat-trick in the history of ODI cricket. We got to know of it the next day when people checked the records and it doubled my excitement. So, it was a great feeling as we also won the match and I was receiving appreciation from all,” Jalal said.

From 157 for four, Australia were reduced to 162 for seven and eventually finished on 170 for nine, 59 runs short of the Pakistan total.  Pakistan’s centurion Mohsin picking up the wicket of Jeff Thomson which went to be his only ODI scalp ever.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 229 for 6 in 40 overs (Mohsin Khan 104, Javed Miandad 31; Terry Alderman 2 for 63) beat Australia 170 for 9 in 40 overs (Graeme Wood 52; Jalal-ud-Din 4 for 32) by 59 runs.

Man of the Match: Mohsin Khan

(Prakash Govindasreenivasan is a reporter with CricketCountry. His Twitter handle is @PrakashG_89)