5 Players with most hat-tricks in ODIs

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A bowler becomes solid and popular when he grabs wickets and simultaneously bowls some amazing deliveries. However, taking wickets isn’t easy in International cricket. A bowler has to give his top-notch performance to help his team to win the games. Grabbing wickets and that too with hat-tricks is obviously the cherry on the cake. Every bowler gives his best on the hat-trick ball to show his potential to everyone, but hat-tricks in ODIs are rare. Taking three wickets in three deliveries is not everyone’s cup of tea, and we might have seen some players doing it.

The happiness and environment are extremely different after the hat-trick scenario. This article will look at the list of 5 players with the most hat tricks in ODIs.


1. Lasith Malinga – 3 hat-tricks

There was a time when everyone feared facing the Lankan speedster. Lasith Malinga was in his prime form since the 2007 world cup, when he showed how ruthless he could be. In 2007 Malinga almost did it for his team when Sri Lanka was facing South Africa in the world cup. Everyone saw how he clinched his first hat-trick, thereby dismissing not three but four players continuously. The four batters dismissed were Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall, Jacques Kallis and Makhaya Ntini.

The second hat-trick witnessed in the 2011 world cup against Kenya, and he became the first bowler to get two hat-tricks in the world cup. The third Hat-trick was against Australia in 2011, Colombo.


2. Chaminda Vaas – 2 hat-tricks

Another Lankan bowler, Chaminda Vaas also has got two hat-tricks in his career. From an early age, he was imposing with his left arm fast-medium bowling skills. Vaas has the best bowling figures of 8/19 against Zimbabwe.

In 2001 Chaminda Vaas got his first hat-trick against Zimbabwe. The second hat-trick was against Bangladesh in the 2003 world cup, and that was very special for him because the hat-trick against Bangladesh came in the first three deliveries of the innings. 


3. Wasim Akram – 2 hat-tricks

One of the finest bowlers world cricket has ever witnessed is none other than Wasim Akram. Wasim Akram dominated throughout his career and is undoubtedly on our list of bowlers who have the most hat-tricks in ODIs. Wasim Akram had two hat-tricks overall in his ODI career.

Wasim Akram got his first hat-trick against West Indies in 1989 by sending Jeff Dujon, Malcolm Marshall and Curtly Ambrose. The second hat-trick was against Australia in 1990 at Sharjah. Wasim also holds the record of having two hat-tricks in ODIs and Tests. 


4. Kuldeep Yadav – 2 hat-tricks

Kuldeep Yadav holds the record of only Indian bowler to have two ODI hat-tricks. Kuldeep might not be in his prime form but is one of the finest spinners for team India. Kuldeep indeed stays on the list of players with most hat-tricks in ODIs. 

The first hat-trick was against Australia in 2017, where his bowling helped Indian to defeat mighty Aussies. Then, by dismissing Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins, The second hat-trick was against West Indies in 2019, and the batsmen dismissed were Shai Hope, Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph. Indeed, Kuldeep will dominate once again with his wrist spin.


5. Trent Boult – 2 hat-tricks

 The kiwi pacer also has two hat-tricks in ODIs. Trent Boult has been an attacking and impressive New Zealand cricketer who has also been part of Mumbai Indians in IPL and has been a match-winner for both teams. The first hat-trick was against Pakistan in 2018, where he dismissed top three quality batters back to back. He dismissed Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez. 

Boult’s second hat-trick was against Australia in the 2019 world cup, and that too at Lord’s. He dismissed Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorff, so these are the five bowlers with the most hat-tricks in ODIs.


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