Jaipur, Apr 18: Rajasthan Royals' offspinner Ajit Chandila has achieved a unique record of becoming the first bowler to dismiss Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting in the same match!
Also read: Who is Chandila?
Last year, Chandila made the headlines by taking IPL 2012's first hat-trick and that too with the new ball. This time, he is again in the news for taking the wicket of two great batsmen in the space of 7 balls. His initial breakthroughs put Rajasthan on road to a big 87-run win.
Chandila, who was handed the responsibility of bowling the opening over of Rajasthan Royals against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday night (April 17), first picked Tendulkar and in his next over, got MI captain Ponting.
It was a great moment for Chandila, with just 3 first-class wickets, to add these two illustrious names in the game. Chandila stated later that it was like 'double hat-trick' getting the two legends.
"You can take my hat-trick. These two wickets matter a lot more to me than my hat-trick last year!," said Chandila.
"It is like a dream come true for me. Taking the wickets of two legends of the game is like a double hat-trick for me. I still cannot believe this has happened, I feel I am in some sort of dream. I just cannot express how I feel. As a bowler, I cannot ask for anything more," he added.
Tendulkar was caught at short fine-leg while sweeping on the fifth ball of the first over while Ponting was deceived into handing a return catch to Chandila. Tendulkar fell for just 1 run while the Australian had 4. Ponting was scalped in Chandila's fifth ball of his second over.
Those were the two overs he bowled in the match and he returned with excellent figures of 2/6.
This is not the first time that Chandila has got a big name. In his list of wickets on domestic circuit, he has MS Dhoni, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Suresh Raina.
So far, the 29-year-old has played just 2 first-class games for Haryana since making his debut in 2010. He has played more Twenty20 games than first-class and 50-over cricket. He has featured in 22 T20s and 9 One Day games.
With Tendulkar and Ponting playing in the same team for the first time in their careers, there could emerge another bowler in IPL 6 to match Chandila's rare feat.
Who will that be?