Jaydev Unadkat records five-wicket haul including a first-over hat trick

Jaydev Unadkat Hat-Trick
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Jaydev Unadkat Hat-Trick

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Jaydev Unadkat, who recently found a place in Indian team after 12 years, stunned everyone on his comeback to the Ranji Trophy, as he started 2023 by taking a hat-trick in his first over as the Delhi-Saurashtra match got off to an exciting start in Rajkot.

After Delhi’s captain Dhull decided to bat after winning the toss, Unadkat, the captain of Saurashtra, removed Dhruv Shorey, Vaibhav Rawal, and Yash Dhull off the third, fourth, and fifth deliveries of the game. The previous earliest hat-trick in a game occurred by Karnataka fast bowler Vinay Kumar in the 2017–18 quarterfinal versus Mumbai, whose hat-trick was spanned across the first and third overs. This was the first first-over hat-trick in the history of the Ranji Trophy.

Unadkat added two more dismissals by the end of his second over to seal his 21st five-wicket haul in first-class cricket. Delhi were struggling at 5 for 6 when he caught Lalit Yadav lbw for a four-ball duck, and Unadkat’s statistics read 2-0-5-5.

Unadkat surprises Delhi in Ranji Trophy with hat trick 

Unadkat, who bagged three wickets on his comeback to the Indian Test team, now surprised the Delhi side in Ranji Trophy match by claiming a hat trick post his availability of being selection for the national squad for the four-match series against Australia. Veteran of domestic cricket Unadkat has been incredibly reliable in red-ball cricket over the past few years, and his performance on Tuesday served as yet another example of this. Unadkat has already claimed six wickets and aims to increase his total.

Jaydev Unadkat: Highest wicket-taker in Vijay Hazare Trophy

Unadkat recently bagged the tag of highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy. Unadkat took 19 wickets in 10 matches. He also played an important role in getting Saurashtra the title under his captaincy. Earlier in the year 2019-20, under the captaincy of Unadkat, Saurashtra won the Ranji Trophy title. During this, he took the maximum 67 wickets in 16 innings of 10 matches.

Jaydev Unadkat joins Irfan Pathan in first over hat trick feat

With his charismatic spell, Unadkat joined Irfan Pathan to become the only player in test cricket to claim a hat-trick in first over of the game.

The only difference between them is Pathan achieved this feat during the international match against Pakistan in 2006 Karachi test.

While Unadkat did this during the India’s domestic cricket competition, Ranji Trophy.

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