On This Day In 1987, Chetan Sharma Took The First Ever Hat-Trick In World Cup History
Most people remember Chetan Sharma for the last ball six Javed Miandad hit off him in 1986 to win an epic game for Pakistan. Sadly despite all the good performances he has put in, the last ball six stands out in every discussion.
So much so, most of us have forgotten that he took the first-ever hat-trick in World Cup history. That's right, we have seen quite a few hat-tricks on the big stage but someone set the trend. That someone was Chetan.
This historical feat took place on October 31, 1987 in Nagpur against New Zealand. Don't take our word for it, see for yourself:
In that game, India demolished the Kiwis by 9 wickets. Sunil Gavaskar scored his only ODI hundred and he punished the bowlers pretty badly. See for yourself:
Since then there have been many hat-tricks in World Cups over the years. But Chetan got their first. In fact we would have to wait 12 years until Saqlain Mushtaq did it vs Zimbabwe in the 1999 edition. But that is a tale for another day.