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'I went half-mad!' – Chetan Sharma relives 1987 World Cup hat-trick

Chetan Sharma, the India pacer who picked up the first ever World Cup hat-trick in the 1987 edition, looks back on that special day.

Sharma, who made his one-day international debut in late 1983, had already established himself as a reliable seam-bowling option for the Kapil Dev-lead Indian side by the time of the Men's Cricket World Cup 1987.

But it was in the match against New Zealand in that tournament that he accomplished one of his greatest achievements, dismissing Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Evan Chatfield in three successive deliveries – all bowled. His historic hat-trick – the first for an Indian in ODIs and third overall – helped India restrict New Zealand to 221/9 in Nagpur.

"As a fast bowler you don't even dream of a hat-trick," Sharma said in an ICC Cricket 360 special. "You dream of five wickets, you dream of 10 wickets but you don't dream of a hat-trick. Getting a hat-trick there ... I couldn't believe myself."

After the first two wickets fell, Chatfield came on with a visor, which was unusual back then. "I never expected that on a wicket like Nagpur he would come with a visor on. Kapil paaji said to me, 'He is scared. Just bowl a straight one.' And he said we can still make it. It went through the legs and after that, as everyone could see, I went half-mad there!"

Watch the full segment below.

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CWC Memories – Chetan Sharma on his 1987 hat-trick