Thiruvananthapuram: Barely two days after taking a hat-trick for Team India, pacer Deepak Chahar almost grabbed another treble as he picked up four wickets in an over, this time for Rajasthan against Vidarbha in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Tuesday.
Right-arm pacer Chahar took apart the Bangladesh batting to hand India a series-clinching 30-run win in the third and final T20I at the VCA Stadium on Sunday. During his magical spell, the 27-year-old Rajasthan seamer went on to become the first Indian male bowler to grab a hat-trick in T20Is.
His figures of 6/7 were the best so far in T20 internationals as he surpassed the previous record held by Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis who had scalped 6/8 against Zimbabwe in 2012.
On Tuesday, Chahar snared four wickets in an over for Rajasthan against Vidarbha in a Group B match at Greenfield International Stadium here. He returned figures of 4/18 in three overs to bowl the opposition out for 99/9 in a rain-curtailed 13 over match.
Rajasthan lost the tie by 1 run via the VJD method.
Chahar’s hat-trick included the wickets of Darshan Nalkande, Shrikant Wagh and Akshay Wadkar off the last three legitimate balls of his last over. But he missed out on a hat-trick as he had bowled a wide after the fourth ball.
He has now taken ten wickets in his last 6.2 overs for just 25 runs.