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During his dream spell, Sarfaraz also claimed a hat-trick as his team came out comfortable winners by 107 runs in the T20 match Getty Images (Representational Image)

We have seen bowlers take hat-tricks in cricket. We have seen them finish with impressive returns, conceding minimal runs and doing maximum damage for the opposition. But what Sarfaraz Ashraf achieved recently in a local T20 game is phenomenal. In a spectacular performance, the left-arm spinner Sarfaraz took 6 wickets without conceding a single run while playing for Young Pioneer Cricket Club against Mercara Youth Cricket Club in the Karnataka State Cricket Association s (KSCA) T20 tournament, in Bangalore. During his dream spell, Sarfaraz also claimed a hat-trick as his team came out comfortable winners by 107 runs in the match. His 6-wicket haul comprised of 5 wickets on consecutive deliveries and he was unlucky not to get a double hat-trick after the umpired turned down a close LBW appeal.

I look to bowl aggressively to contain runs and I believe this gets me wickets. I bowl side-on like Lasith Malinga just to confuse the batsman. If a batsman is exploiting one area and getting all of his runs, I try to concentrate on one area which appears to be his weaker side, the left-armer was quoted as saying by Mumbai Mirror. I also appealed for the lbw but the umpire thought it was missing leg stump, the report quoted him as saying on not being able to pick up a double hat-trick.

The 27-year-old bowler said that he hopes his performance gets noticed and he gets an opportunity to play in the IPL. I hope selectors see this performance and I get called for any Indian Premier League team. I m also trying very hard to perform well and go from strength-to-strength. I want to break into the national team. I feel I am performing well but not falling into the selectors radar, Sarfaraz was quoted as saying.

Interestingly, the spinner was also a key member of the Hubli Tigers team that went on to win the 2016 Karnataka Premier League (KPL) title.