India’s new bowling sensation Deepak Chahar on Sunday smashed the T20 International record for the most economical bowling spell by finishing 6-7. His six-wicket haul also included a hat-trick, which became pivotal in ensuring India’s stunning victory against Bangladesh, allowing the hosts to win the three-match series.
Soon after the match was over, the BCCI took to Twitter to announce that the bowler from Agra had become the first Indian to claim a hat-trick in a T20 International match. Its tweet read, “@deepak_chahar9 today became the first Indian to pick up a hat-trick in T20Is.”
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 10, 2019
However, the eagle-eyed cricket fans wasted no time in reminding that it was wrong to claim that Deepak was the first Indian to achieve this extraordinary feat. Many fans reminded that left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht had achieved this feat for the India women cricket team way back in 2012 against Sri Lanka. Bisht’s 3-16 had played a key role in ensuring the nine-wicket win against Sri Lanka in a play-off match of the 2012’s ICC World Women T20 International competition.
A good time to take note of the following:#DeepakChahar is the first Indian MAN to take a hat-trick in T20Is.
Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht had accomplished the feat for India WOMEN way back in 2012, v Sri Lanka.
— Annesha Ghosh (@ghosh_annesha) November 10, 2019
@BCCI you are wrong. It was Ekta Bisht who took the first hatrick for India. You conveniently forget her because she is a woman. And that was in 2012. It took 7 more years for a man to do it.
— Donald D’Souza (@donaldsvd) November 10, 2019
3/16 vs Sri Lanka in 2012.
First Indian to take a hat-trick in T20s. https://t.co/7TxmKegibQ
— Suprita Das (@suprita2009) November 10, 2019
Let’s correct this.
Deepak Chahar is the first Indian to take a hat-trick in Men’s T20Is.
Ekta Bisht is the first Indian (Man/Woman) to take a hat-trick in T20Is (2012).
(P.S. Ekta Bisht holds an Indian passport) https://t.co/jXkTyKw9NB
— Yash Lahoti (@YvLahoti) November 11, 2019
Deepak’s six-wicket haul in four overs by conceding just seven runs was the best-ever bowling figure in a T20 International match by any bowler as the Indian medium-pacer beat Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis’ record of 6-8.