Pat Cummins creates cricket history in 17-year first at T20 World Cup as fitting detail emerges

The Aussie captain left the cricket world gobsmacked after a rare feat.

Captain Pat Cummins has become just the second Australian to take a hat-trick at the T20 cricket World Cup as the Aussies ripped through the Bangladesh line-up in their Super 8 clash. The Aussies started their Super 8 stage with aplomb on Friday having ripped through the Bangladesh line-up to restrict them to 8-140 off 20 overs.

While Adam Zampa did the damage at the top of the order for the Aussies, all the talk was around Cummins who became the first Australian since Brett Lee in 2007 to take a hat-trick at a T20 World Cup. He is now the fourth player to take a hat-trick for his nation, in all international games, after Lee, Ashton Agar and Nathan Ellis.

Captain Pat Cummins bowls and Cummins celebrates.
Captain Pat Cummins (pictured right) has become just the second Australian to take a hat-trick at a T20 World Cup. (Images: Images)

The captain took two wickets at the end of the 18th over and was made to wait for his hat-trick ball. He then took the wicket of Towhid Hridoy with the first bal of 20th when the batter tried to scoop the quick over the wicket-keeper.

The ball lofted into the air and Josh Hazlewood took an easy catch. Cummins was nonchalant after the feat, despite becoming just the seventh man in T20 World Cup history to take a hat-trick. Cummins finished the innings with 3-29 off four overs.

Pat Cummins celebrates.
Pat Cummins (pictured right) celebrates taking his hat-trick at the T20 World Cup.

The Aussie quick also becomes the first player at this year's tournament to take a hat-trick. Cummins' hat-trick also came on the same day Aussie cricket legend Ricky Ponting handed him the ICC Men's Cricket Player of the Year Award. Cricket fans felt it was fitting Cummins was handed the trophy on the same day he went on to become the first player at this year's tournament to take a hat-trick.

While all the talk will be about Cummins' hat-trick against Bangladesh, Zampa continued his breathtaking form with the white-ball. Zampa took 2-24 off four overs and took his overall wicket tally to 11 in the tournament.

Zampa's control in the middle and ability to slow down the run-rate has been crucial to Australia's performances. And the bowler admitted he was feeling the ball come out nicely so far in the tournament in difficult conditions.

"If I don't feel it, I at least try to look like I feel it," Zampa said of how he was feeling out in the middle."The ball is coming out nicely at the moment." Zampa was pleased Australia were able to keep Bangladesh to 140 and admitted it helped playing at the ground last week.


"Yeah not too bad. We have the experience of playing here last week. So we knew what to expect," Zampa said. The Aussies got off to a brilliant start in their run chase with both Travis Head and David Warner taking it to the Bangladesh attack.