Watch: Harbhajan Singh record the first hat-trick by an Indian in test cricket
Updated - Dec 12, 2014 10:04 am
Harbhajan Singh record the first hat-trick by an Indian in test cricket: Harbhajan Singh also known as “The Turbanator” is one of the best Indian off spinner. Harbhajan always had a healthy and sometimes conflicting rivalry with the Australians which on most occasions helped him bowl at them with even more motivation. Even on flat pitches and unhelpful conditions Harbhajan made the Aussies fight for every run. He was the second best spinner in India during the reign of Legendary Anil Kumble. The two formed a formidable bowling pair under any type of conditions.
Bhajji played a perfect partner to his senior and the two bowled long hours in test cricket perfectly complementing each other.
It was the India vs Australia test match at the famous Eden Gardens in Kolkata. This could be marked as a revolutionary test match in Indian cricket history and this also marks as the test match in which, the first hat-trick by an Indian bowler was achieved.
The match was in Australia’s favour who looked certain to win it, only until VVS Laxman came up with a very very special innings of 281. It also signifies the fact that from a position where they would have lost the match. The Indian team fought back with lot of resolve and determination.
Harbhajan had a big role in getting India the winning advantage. He has always been a rhythm bowler and once he tasted blood early on in his spell, bhajji is always tough to handle. Though the Eden Gardens test match is remembered for Laxman’s match winning innings one has to acknowledge the contribution Harbhajan made which eventually helped India record this historic win.
To take the hat-trick bhajji first got rid of the Australian skipper Ricky Pointing. Adam Gilchrist was the next on to depart as he was adjourned LBW on the first ball that he faced in the innings and the hat-trick wicket Australian spin bowling wizard the great Shane Warne who was caught out. The Last decision was also reffered to the third umpire who decided to give it out, making it the first ever hat-trick by an Indian in test cricket.
A wonderful achievement by Harbhajan as the Australian batting got paralysed with multiple blows and eventually India went onto win the test match even after conceiving a first innings lead to the Australian team.
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