Paceman Deepak Chahar claimed the best-ever Twenty20 international bowling figures of six for seven as India clinched a 2-1 series triumph over Bangladesh with a 30-run win on Sunday.
Chahar finished the match with a hat-trick to bowl out Bangladesh for 144 in 19.2 overs while chasing 175 for victory in Nagpur.
Chahar became the first Indian bowler to get a T20 hat-trick as he went past Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis, who had figures of 6-8 against Zimbabwe in 2012.
Incredibly, Chahar managed the astonishing figures despite only bowling 3.2 overs.
Chahar’s extraordinary feat drew praise from all corners, with India legends Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman leading the tributes on social media.
“Very impressed with the way @deepak_chahar9 has evolved as a T20I bowler,” Laxman posted.
“Always had the ability to pick up wickets with the new ball but has worked hard to bowl in the middle and end overs.
“Got a lot of variations up his sleeves & knows when to use them. #INDvsBAN.”
Six wickets for seven runs, for Deepak Chahar, the kind of performance one could relate with Curtly Ambrose or Malcolm Marshall. Sensational! #INDvsBAN
— Sanjjeev (@Sanjjeev) November 10, 2019
6-7, including a hat-trick. These are i credible stats. Deepak Chahar will never forget this day!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 10, 2019
A hat-trick and a world-best for #DeepakChahar. Even more impressive was that he took on the role of the leader and took those wickets with a wet ball. A night to savour for him and his family.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 10, 2019
In the IPL, MS Dhoni made Deepak Chahar the powerplay specialist. On Sunday with 174 to defend in dewy conditions, Rohit Sharma told Chahar he’ll bowl the “crucial overs” this time
Chahar took on the responsibility and ended with the best figures in T20I history 💫
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 11, 2019
Man of the match – #DeepakChahar!
Man of the series – Deepak Chahar!
Deepak Chahar (6/7) – best bowling figures in T20 internationals!
Prev: 6/8 by Ajantha Mendis
Deepak Chahar – FIRST Indian to claim a T20I hat-trick.#INDvBAN https://t.co/KGsbRI5HoG
— Sharma Narender (@sharma_ndr) November 11, 2019
Can there be any better figures than this for any newcomer bowler?
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) November 11, 2019
That was amazing performance🎾 in yesterday’s match 6/7
it’s just unbelivable 😮 to do this kind of performance.
Cogrutulation to #DeepakChahar for becoming First indian to take hat trick in t20i’s.👏 pic.twitter.com/yRzJtP4OLR
— Prateek Raj Singh (@PRATEEKRAJSIN10) November 11, 2019
Bangladesh with no answers to India’s attack
Left-handed opener Mohammad Naim made 81 and put on 98 runs for the third wicket with Mohammad Mithun, who made 27, but the rest of the batting faltered in the chase.
Chahar, who wiped out the tail with a wicket with the last ball of his third over and two at the start of his fourth, was ably supported by fellow paceman Shivam Dube who claimed three wickets.
It was a special effort by the Indian bowlers who found it difficult to grip the ball due to late-evening dew.
“It were the bowlers who won us the game. I know how tough it was in the middle considering the dew factor,” stand-in-skipper Rohit Sharma said after the win.
“But this must be one of the best comebacks in this format for India. It was easy for them at one stage, with 70 needed in eight overs. But the boys showed characters, took up the responsibility.”