Veteran left arm spinner Shakti Gauchan is the one and only Nepali bowler to take hat-trick in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers. Shakti achieved the feat against Denmark during ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers in 2012 which also made him the only Nepali bowler to take hat-trick in senior international cricket.
Denmark were 60-3 until the 12th over before Shakti stepped in and showed his magic changing the complexion of the match. Shakti’s hat-trick saw Denmark losing their last seven wickets for just 12 runs before being bundled out for just 82 in 19.1 overs.
Captain Paras Khadka took catch of Rizwan Mahmood in 12.2 overs of Gauchan making the first prey. Then on next ball in 12.3 overs Aftab Ahmed was bowled out by Gauchan. Gauchan then completed his hat-trick as he trapped Kamaran Mahmood leg before wicket in 12.4 overs.
Gauchan’s figures read 4-20 in four overs. Shakti’s football-style celebration was the talk of the day.