In the Ranji Trophy match that is now taking place between Delhi and Saurashtra at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Tuesday, Delhi got off to one of the worst starts possible.
As a result of the side finally being bundled out for 133 runs, six of their 11 batters were out before they ever had a chance to open their account.
It was none other than the skipper of the Saurashtra team, Jaydev Unadkat, who was the major destructor, as he delivered figures of 8 for 39 in 12 overs.
Unadkat became the first bowler in the history of the Ranji Trophy to take a hat-trick in the very first over of a match. This achievement was part of the Ranji Trophy.
The first wicket that was taken by Unadkat was that of Dhruv Shorey, which occurred on the third delivery of the over.
After the Delhi captain won the toss and decided to bat first in the game, he took out Vaibhav Rawal with the next ball, and Yash Dhull became his third victim in a row in the first over. This happened after the Delhi skipper won the toss and elected to bat first in the game.
However, it was not the end of the story as Unadkat continued to heap more misfortune on Delhi and eventually claimed the wickets of Jonty Sidhu, Lalit Yadav, Lakshay Thareja, Shivank Vashisht, and Kuldip Yadav, to close the Delhi innings with his career-best innings numbers in first-class cricket. His previous record for consecutive hits was 7 for 41.
It is important to point out that Unadkat just just received the opportunity he had been longing for to play in a test match, and that he lived up to his “promise” by giving a passionate effort in his first game for India in 12 years.
The 31-year-old player made his second appearance for India in a match against Bangladesh last month. Prior to that, he had only played one Test, which took place in 2010 and included Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid as his celebrated teammates. Dravid is currently the head coach for the Indian cricket team. During the course of the match, Unadkat had collected three wickets.