Ireland’s Unique Record in T20 World Cup: Two Bowlers Achieve Hat-Tricks

Khushbu Kumari Jha
Ireland Unique Record in T20 World Cup Two Bowlers Achieve Hat Tricks
Ireland Unique Record in T20 World Cup Two Bowlers Achieve Hat Tricks

Ireland’s cricket team boasts a unique record in the T20 World Cup with two bowlers achieving hat-tricks. Curtis Campher and Josh Little’s remarkable feats highlight Ireland’s individual brilliance in the tournament.

Ireland Achieves Unique Feat in T20 World Cup Despite Limited Success

The Ireland cricket team may not have progressed beyond the second round in the T20 World Cup so far, but it boasts an achievement that eludes even the top cricketing nations. Participating in the T20 World Cup since 2009, Ireland will make its eighth appearance in the tournament in 2024. Placed in Group 'A' alongside India, Pakistan, Canada, and the United States, Ireland will kick off its campaign against India on June 5.

In its T20 World Cup history, Ireland has won 7 out of 25 matches, faced defeat in 15, and seen three matches end inconclusively. Despite its team performance, Ireland holds a unique record: it is the only team in T20 World Cup history with two bowlers who have registered hat-tricks.

Two Hat-Tricks in T20 World Cup History

Ireland's Curtis Campher and Josh Little have both achieved the rare feat of taking a hat-trick in the T20 World Cup. This accomplishment is unmatched by any other team, including cricketing powerhouses like India, Pakistan, and the West Indies.

Curtis Campher’s Four in Four

Campher's remarkable achievement came in the 2021 T20 World Cup against the Netherlands. On October 18, 2021, in Abu Dhabi, he took four wickets in four consecutive balls, dismissing Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate, Scott Edwards, and Roelof van der Merwe. Campher's performance (4/26) led Ireland to a 7-wicket victory, earning him the 'Player of the Match' award.

Josh Little’s Hat-Trick Against New Zealand

Josh Little, who played for the Gujarat Titans in the IPL, achieved his hat-trick in the 2022 T20 World Cup against New Zealand. On November 4, he dismissed Kane Williamson, James Neesham, and Mitchell Santner on consecutive balls in the 19th over. Despite Little's impressive figures (3/22), Ireland lost the match by 35 runs, with New Zealand captain Williamson being named 'Player of the Match' for his 61-run innings.

Other Notable Hat-Tricks in T20 World Cup History

While Ireland stands out with two hat-trick heroes, other bowlers have also etched their names in T20 World Cup history:

  • Brett Lee (Australia): The first-ever T20 World Cup hat-trick was taken by Brett Lee against Bangladesh in 2007.
  • Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka): Hasaranga took a hat-trick against South Africa in the 2021 T20 World Cup, although Sri Lanka lost the match.
  • Kagiso Rabada (South Africa): Rabada's hat-trick against England in 2021 ensured a 10-run victory for South Africa.
  • Karthik Meiyappan (UAE): Meiyappan achieved his hat-trick against Sri Lanka in the 2022 T20 World Cup, but UAE lost the match.

Looking Ahead to the 2024 T20 World Cup

Interestingly, Curtis Campher, Josh Little, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Kagiso Rabada are all expected to participate in the 2024 T20 World Cup. Out of the six bowlers who have taken hat-tricks in the tournament's history, only Brett Lee has retired, and UAE did not qualify for the upcoming World Cup.

Ireland's unique record in the T20 World Cup serves as a testament to its players' individual brilliance, even as the team continues to strive for greater collective success on the world stage.