New Delhi. A century and a hat-trick in the same test.., only a player can imagine such a ‘feat’ in cricket. So far only one player has been able to do this feat in Test cricket in the world. The interesting thing is that this record is not in the name of any player from England, Australia, India, Pakistan, New Zealand or West Indies, but in the name of a player of the Bangladesh team which achieved Test cricket status in the year 2000. Suhag Gazi of Bangladesh did this rare charisma against New Zealand in 2013 (Bangladesh vs New Zealand).
After scoring an unbeaten 101 with the help of 10 fours and three sixes in this match, off-spinner Ghazi took the wickets of Corey Anderson, BJ Watling and Doug Bracewell in consecutive balls in New Zealand’s second innings.
In the first innings, both the teams had two centuries each.
Batting first in this match played in Chittagong between 9 and 13 October 2013, New Zealand scored 469 runs. Kane Williamson contributed 114 and BJ Watling contributed 103 runs. For Bangladesh, Abdur Razzaq took three wickets and Sohag Ghazi and Shakib Al Hasan took two wickets each. In response, Bangladesh scored 501 runs in the first innings. Mominul Haque scored 181 and Sohag Ghazi scored 101 not out. In response, New Zealand declared their second innings by scoring 287 runs for 7 wickets. Williamson contributed 74 and Ross Taylor scored an unbeaten 54. At one point, the Kiwi team’s score was 260 runs losing 4 wickets. On this score, Anderson, Watling and Bracewell were dismissed to make the score 260 for 7 wickets. Bangladesh had got a target of 256 runs to win, but by the time the game was declared over, it could only score 173 runs for three wickets in 48.2 overs. Shakib Al Hasan remained unbeaten after scoring 50 runs. The match was a draw.
International career did not last long
The international career of Sohag Ghazi, who scored a century and a hat-trick in the same test, did not last long. He played 10 Tests, 20 ODIs and 10 T20s for Bangladesh. Apart from scoring 325 runs in the Test, he took 38 wickets. He has 184 runs and 22 wickets in ODIs and 57 runs and 4 wickets in T20Is. In the year 2014, considering Gazi’s bowling action as suspicious, it was reported to the ICC. After this his career did not last long.
Ghazi played his last international match in July 2015 as T20 against South Africa in Mirpur in which he could score only 3 runs. He did not get any wicket either.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 12, 2023