CPL Records and Statistics: Which players have recorded the most hat tricks in the history of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL)?
The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has seen some excellent bowling performances in its history since its inception in 2013. Shakib Al Hasan has registered a number of records and has reserved the best bowling figures for himself as well. His record was 6 wickets and 6 runs which is definitely amazing. Even though several excellent bowling records have been seen in the past, there have been only two instances where a record for making hat tricks has actually been seen in the CPL history. Some of the biggest names of bowlers have made this record for their teams.
Even if two consecutive wickets are taken, the fans and the team morale go crazy. The confidence reaches a brand-new level. But when three wickets are taken one after another, the opposition team starts understanding that the innings will not be as easy as they thought in the beginning. It is very difficult to take hat tricks but some bowlers who have exceptional skill have done that on the grounds of the CPL in the past. A discussion on these bowlers is done as follows:
Rashid Khan scored a hat trick in 2017 against the Jamaica Tallawahs which made him the bowler with the most hat tricks in the CPL history. Khan has repeatedly shown his skills and capabilities as a bowler whenever he has stepped on the ground. Even in other formats and other T20 leagues like the IPL, Rashid Khan has left a mark in the minds of the cricket world. Whenever he is bowling, the batters also find it intimidating because of his unique skills. His variations can be very hard for a batter to predict. In most of the cases, a batter typically knows how a bowler will be throwing the ball and gets prepared beforehand but with Rashid Khan, there is practically no surety as such.
In 2017, it was the eliminator match of the season in which the Jamaica Tallawahs and the Guyana Amazon Warriors were competing with each other. The Tallawahs were batting first and made a score of 168/8 in the designated 20 overs. The Tallawahs were expecting to collect more runs than the number they made; however, Rashid Khan had become the roadblock that they were not expecting. Khan came to bowl on behalf of the Amazon team in the 15th over and dismissed Andre McCarthy on the first googly ball that he threw. In the next 2 googly balls, he showed the way out to Jonathan Foo and Rovman Powell. This performance of Khan helped the Amazon in chasing the target with ease and winning the eliminator match in that season.
In 2018, Andre Russell showed his bowling skills on the field as well. He proved that he is not only an excellent batter but also a bowler that no one can ignore. He became the second bowler to ever take a hat trick in the CPL history. It was the first match in which Russell had become the captain of the Jamaica Tallawahs franchise team. It was the 3rd game of the season in which Tallawahs were competing against the Trinbago Knight Riders. Tallawahs had won the match and asked the Trinbago team to bat first.
The Trinbago team played very well in that match. They made a total of 223/6 which was considered to be an excellent score for the entire team. Every bowler of the Jamaica Tallawahs did not perform as per the expectations that day. However, one major positive came out of the match. The Captain and the skipper of the Tallawahs – Andre Russell became the second ever bowler to take a hat trick in the CPL matches.
He came to bowl only in the last over and took three wickets one after the other. Although the damage had already been done in the previous overs, Russell did not want the batters to make more runs in the last over. So, he took the ball in his hand and dismissed Brendon McCullum, Darren Bravo and Dinesh Ramdin one after the other. This made him complete his hat trick and pave the way for victory for himself. When he chased the target given by the Trinbago team, Russell made 121* on only 49 balls which also included 6 boundaries and 13 sixes. He eventually won the match for his team.