Pakistan’s legendary off spinner Saqlain Mushtaq was in a league of his own today in 1996. Saqlain took a hat-trick against Zimbabwe in an ODI match played at Peshawar.
Saqlain removed Grant Flower, JA Rennie and AR Whittall on three consecutive deliveries to claim a famous hat-trick which led Pakistan to victory. In a match which was interrupted by crowd trouble frequently, Pakistan set Zimbabwe a target off 225 runs in 34 overs. The visitors were rolled over for 147 runs and one of their batsman Alistair Campbell not able to bat due to an injury. Saqlain took 4 wickets in 5 balls to wrap up the innings and his figures stood at 4-28 in 6.1 overs.
Saqlain was a great exponent of off spin bowling and was the inventor of the special variety, the Doosra. Saqlain was match winner with the ball and he bowled with great accuracy and a clever plan to outfox the batsman during the death overs an innings.
He ended his international career with almost 500 wickets and more than 800 first class wickets. He had a staggering average of 21.78 in ODIs and a an economy rate of around 4 an over which expresses his quality as a bowler in the best possible manner.