Andre Russell takes four-in-four and Lasith Malinga’s gets express delivery

In a List A match vs India A at Bangalore, Jamaica’s Andre Russell became the 1st bowler in T20 and 2nd bowler ever to take 4 wickets in 4 successive deliveries. 


He took the wickets of Kedar Jadhav,Yuvraj Singh,Naman Ojha and Yusuf Pathan and thus joined Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga who had this performance in One Day International match vs. South Africa, in March 2007.

Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga

Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Saturday was again a delightful day for Lasith Malinga. “His wife, gave birth to a baby-boy in USA. This is his first son after his wife (Tanya) gave birth to a daughter two years ago (Sept. 9)”, Malinga’s coach, Champaka Ramanayke said from Dambulla, where he was preparing his side for the match against New Zealand A team.

“Lasith Malinga will remain in USA trill November”, he added,

“Hat-trick is a very common term used for three wickets in three ball achievement but I would suggest special term be used for bowlers taking four wickets in four balls. It is a special achievement after big efforts and need not only be recognized as hat-trick”, he added.

Interestingly, Malinga came close to this achievement again in 2011 World Cup (vs. Kenya at Colombo where he took the wickets with his 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th ball of his over.

Russell’s views on recognizing this special hat-trick could not be obtained as he left India for England (may be on route to Jamaica) and he didn’t respond to the e mail till this went to print. Despite his performance, his team could not beat India A. .

James Buttler

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