Melbourne, Mar 02: Australian Daniel Christian's hat-trick against Sri Lanka is the 31st in the history of One Day Internationals. He is the fourth Australian to achieve this rare feat in ODIs.
The 28-year-old all-rounder grabbed 5 wickets against Sri Lanka to register his career best bowling figures of 5/31 off 9 overs to overcome his previous best of 3/53.
Playing his eighth ODI, Christian impressed the selectors with an outstanding performance following his good show in the series so far, a tally of 155 runs at an average of 31 and a strike rate above 93. He has been impressive with the ball as he has got 13 wickets in the series.
Christian achieved this rare feat, during the 44th over of the Sri Lankan innings, as he dismissed Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake and Nuwan Kulasekara off the third, fourth and fifth ball of the over respectively.
Though Sri Lankans had lost their main batsmen by that time, this over proved to be very vital as it stopped the run flow as Aussies were back into the game after Chandimal, Sangakkara and Thirimanne threatened to take advantage of the hosts.
After claiming a hat-trick, he came back to dismiss Malinga in the 50th over to register his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs.
Australia's Bruce Reid (Vs New Zealand, Sydney 1986), Anthony Stuart (Vs Pakistan, Melbourne 1997) and Brett Lee (Vs Kenya, Durban 2003) were the ones to achieve this feat earlier in ODIs.
Christian is the latest to join the elite club. The list includes India's Chetan Sharma, Kapil Dev, Pakistan's Jalal-ud-Din (first man to claim ODI hat-trick), Wasim Akram (twice), Aaquib Javed, Waqar Younis, Saqlain Mushtaq (twice), Mohammad Sami, Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga (thrice), Farveez Maharoof, Chaminda Vaas (twice) and Bangladesh's Abdur Razzak and Shahadat Hossain to complete the list of Asian cricketers who have achieved this rare feat.
Apart from Asian cricketers, New Zealand's Danny Morrison and Shane Bond, Zimbabwe's Eddo Brandes, England's James Anderson, Steve Harmison and Andrew Flintoff, West Indies' Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach and South Africa's Charl Langeveldt have also registered hat-tricks earlier in ODIs.
Interestingly, Aaquib Javed was just 19 when he achieved this feat in the year 1991. The recent hat-trick is the second at Melbourne while the first one was also achieved by an Australian, Stuart against another Asian country (Pakistan) in the year 1997.