New Delhi: Chetan Sharma knows a thing or two about how it feels to take a hat-trick in a World Cup match.
Watching West Indian speedster Kemar Roach record a hat-trick against Holland yesterday, Sharma -- the first to achieve the feat in a World Cup match (vs New Zealand in Nagpur, 1987) -- felt like taking a trip down the memory lane.
Roach`s brilliant figures of six for 27 included a hat-trick. He scalped Pieter Seelaar, Bernard Loots and Berend Westdijk in three successive deliveries to end the match.
"Obviously, I got a bit emotional watching Roach bowl those last three deliveries. It`s very difficult to express the kind of high one feels after taking a hat-trick. My hat-trick against New Zealand is still something that gives me goosebumps," the former India seamer told reporters today.
Roach is the sixth bowler in the history of the World Cup and the first West Indian to have achieved this feat. The others are Saqlain Mushtaq (1999, vs Zimbabwe), Chaminda Vaas (vs Bangladesh, 2003), Brett Lee (vs Kenya, 2003) and Lasith Malinga (vs SA, 2007).
"I can understand how Roach must have felt after he took that last wicket. This is one achievement he will remember for the rest of his life," Sharma recollected.
Interestingly, Roach is second only to Sharma in recording a hat-trick during a World Cup match held in the sub-continent, as the 1996 edition didn`t have one.
Although the performance of the minnows haven`t been up to the mark, Sharma refuses to take away any credit from the pacer.
"He bowled on an unresponsive Kotla track. During my hat-trick, I had taken only those three wickets (Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith, Ewen Chatfield) whereas Roach took six. The pace he generated was awesome.”
"At the end of the day, Roach had to bowl his heart out to achieve what he has. I feel proud that he has done it on a flat sub-continent track," said Sharma, who played 23 Tests and 65 ODIs for India during the mid 80`s and early 90`s.
Talk about the bowlers who have caught his imagination in the ongoing event, he names Australia`s Mitchell Johnson and Pakistan`s Umar Gul as the two star performers after the first week.
"Both Johnson and Gul have bowled with pace and have got the reverse swing going their way."
List of Hat-tricks in World Cup
1987: Chetan Sharma (Ind) vs New Zealand
1999: Saqlain Mushtaq (Pak) vs Zimbabwe
2003: Brett Lee (Aus) vs Kenya; Chaminda Vaas (SL) vs Bangladesh
2007: Lasith Malinga (SL) vs South Africa
2011: Kemar Roach (WI) vs Holland.