After an average batting performance against Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore put up a stellar show with the bowl courtesy of leg-spinner Samuel Badree. Playing his first match of the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League, the Trinidadian spinner ripped apart Mumbai’s top-order to pieces with three back-to-back wickets and claimed the first hat-trick of this season.
Badree's first casualty was in-form batsman Parthiv Patel who fell into his trap and played the shot directly into the hands of Chris Gayle who was standing at short extra cover. Promoted at the top of the order, Mitchell McClenaghan smacked a juicy full toss straight into the bucket hands of Mandeep Singh standing at long-on. MI captain Rohit Sharma was the biggest scalp for the Caribbean, as he failed to pick Badree’s googly and was bowled without scoring a run.
— Follow Your Sport (@followyoursport) April 14, 2017
The 36-year old leg-spinner played a huge role in West Indies side who lifted the T20 world cup in 2012 and in 2016. Especially in the last edition of the T20 world cup, Samuel was almost impossible to pick the best of the batters on the sub-continent conditions. He picked up 9 wickets and conceding runs at a miserly economy rate of 5.39 in T20 World Cup 2016.
Badree made his IPL debut with Rajasthan Royals in the 2013 season. Last year, Badree was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2016 Player auction.
Here’s how the Twitter world has gone bonkers about Samuel Badree’s hat-trick in IPL 2017:-
Badree ki Dulhaniya's …. pic.twitter.com/RvBjfGHkug
— Legend Lal (@BloodyKamina) April 14, 2017
— Dhaval Maraskolhe (@Dhaval750) April 14, 2017
— Mahendra Prasad (@mahendra_bce) April 14, 2017
That hat-trick over by Samuel Badree was also a maiden (20th of his career). He becomes first bowler in T20 history to bowl 20 maiden overs.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) April 14, 2017
— ???? ?? #HTL (@mausaji69) April 14, 2017
— Karan Vir Nanda (@kArAnViRNaNdA) April 14, 2017
Leg spinners ruling this IPL:
Rashid Khan sensational beginning!
Imran Tahir usually at his best!
Now Samuel Badree takes hat trick
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) April 14, 2017