Although almost every feature of cricket is a center of interest for cricket fans. When it comes to bowling, fast bowlers and their ability to claim a hat-tricks is something that drives cricket fans crazy.

Same goes for spinners like Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi who very conveniently and calmly have claimed hat-tricks in their careers. A hat-trick in cricket is when a bowler takes wickets with three consecutive deliveries.

Not many bowlers have been able to achieve this feat even though they have set some incredible records in their bowling careers. This article discusses hat-tricks, wicket with first ball and 4 wickets in 5 balls by top 5 bowlers in test, ODI and T20 cricket.

Many bowlers from different countries have claimed hat-tricks in their careers. It is always like a nervous 99 for bowlers at the third consecutive ball before claiming the first two wickets.

Here are some of the bowlers who claimed hat-tricks in all formats of cricket including test, one day international and T20 cricket:

Hat-trick by bowlers in test cricket

  • Wasim Akram
  • Courteny Walsh
  • Abdul Razzaq
  • Glenn McGrath
  • Irfan Pathan
  • Stuart Broad
  • Mohammad Sami
  • DW Fleming

Hat-trick by bowlers in ODI cricket

  • Wasim Akram
  • Kapil Dev
  • Aaqib Javed
  • Waqar Younis
  • Saqlain Mushtaq
  • Chaminda Vaas
  • Jimmy Andreson
  • Shane Bond
  • Lasith Malinga
  • Abdur Razzak

Hat-trick by bowlers in T20 cricket

  • Brett Lee
  • Jacob Oram
  • Tim Southee

Wicket with first ball in career in test cricket

  • TP Hpran
  • A Coningham
  • WM Bradley
  • EG Arnold
  • AEE Vogler
  • JN Crawford
  • GG Macaulay
  • MW Tate
  • M Henderson
  • Intikhab Alam
  • RK Illingworth

Wicket with first ball in career in ODI

  • GG Arnold
  • Shahid Mahboob
  • Inazmama-ul-Haq
  • R Clarke
  • PA Desia
  • B Kumar

Wicket with first ball in T20 career

  • MS Kasprowicz
  • AC Thomas
  • SW Tait
  • RK Kleinveldt
  • Virat Kohli

Four wickets in five balls in test cricket

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