Yuzvendra Chahal Hat-trick: Team India’s star leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has won the first hat-trick of IPL 2022. The Rajasthan Royals spinner completed his hat-trick against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Monday night. This is Chahal’s first hat-trick in IPL and this season’s first hat-trick by any bowler. Chahal took four wickets including a hat-trick in the 17th over. He made Kolkata captain Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Mavi and Pat Cummins his prey in this over.
Chahal had entered this match with a special planning and he disclosed it after the match. The star leg-spinner said that his plan was to keep the ball outside the off-stump and for this he had worked out a special plan with the coach and captain a day before the match.
Chahal said after the match, ‘I knew that I had to take wickets in that over. So I planned to keep the ball outside the off-stump. I had a conversation with the coach and the captain about this only yesterday. Hat-trick ball I knew Pat Cummins was waiting for the googly. I was hit for a six off the googly ball and I didn’t want to take the risk. I just wanted to bowl the dot ball. (Hat-trick against Lucknow on the missed catch of the ball) This happens in cricket. The googly was good and it also showed Venkatesh the way to the pavilion.
Becomes 21st bowler to take hat-trick in IPL
Chahal has become the first and so far 21st bowler of this season and fifth for Rajasthan Royals to take a hat-trick in IPL. Before him, Ajit Chandila, Praveen Tambe, Shane Watson and Shreyas Gopal have taken hat-tricks for the Rajasthan team in IPL. Apart from Chahal, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Amit Mishra, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Azil Chandela, Praveen Tambe, Axar Patel, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal and Harshal Patel are the only Indian bowlers who have taken hat-tricks in the IPL. Mishra has done this feat maximum three times.