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Indian bowler took the first hat-trick in the World Cup, the legend had scored the only ODI century

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Indian bowler created history in 1987 ODI World Cup
Hat-trick was taken in the last 3 balls against New Zealand
Sunil Gavaskar scored the only ODI century in this match

New Delhi. Today is a special day in the history of Indian cricket. In 1987, on this day i.e. 31st October, the Indian bowler made history by taking the first hat-trick of the ODI World Cup. This bowler was Chetan Sharma, who is the chief selector of Team India today. Chetan did this feat against New Zealand in India’s last group match played in Nagpur in the 1987 World Cup. He got his name registered in the record books by sending the 3 legendary batsmen of New Zealand to the pavilion in the last 3 balls of the sixth over.

Chetan Sharma completed his hat-trick by dismissing Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and then Ewen Chatfield. Rutherford was dismissed for 26 while Smith and Chatfield could not even open the account. The special thing about Chetan’s hat-trick was that he had clean bowled all three New Zealand batsmen. For this reason, the New Zealand team, which at one time seemed to be moving towards a big score, could only score 221 runs at the loss of 9 wickets. Deepak Patel scored 40 runs for New Zealand. Ravi Shastri and Maninder Singh also took 1-1 wickets in this match.

The last group match against New Zealand was crucial for India to reach the semi-finals. India had to achieve the target of 222 runs in 42.2 overs to come on top, leaving Australia behind in their group. However, India had completed this target in 32.1 overs only. Kris Srikkanth scored 75 runs in 58 balls. At the same time, Sunil Gavaskar surprised the most. He played an innings of 108 runs in just 85 balls. This was the only century of his ODI career. He hit 10 fours and 3 sixes. Srikanth had hit 9 fours and three sixes in his innings. India won this match by 9 wickets.

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Chetan took 67 wickets in 65 ODIs and 61 wickets in 23 Tests for India. His record in first class cricket was also strong. He took a total of 433 wickets in 121 matches. Chetan Sharma became the Chief Selector in December 2020.

Tags: Chetan Sharma, India vs new zealand, ODI World Cup, On This Day, Sunil Gavaskar

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