After his exceptional performance in the match against Bangladesh on Sunday, Deepak Chahar was hailed as the “first Indian cricketer” to claim a hat-trick in a T20I match.
But is it true?
Even the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took to Twitter to congratulate the player.
Unfortunately, seems like BCCI did not check the facts before posting on social media!
Ekta Bisht, the first International woman cricketer from Uttarakhand, achieved this feat about seven years ago in a match against Sri Lanka.
This means, although Chahar is the first male cricketer to secure a hat-trick in this format, he is definitely not the first ‘Indian player’ to achieve this feat.
It was not long before Twitteratis started pointing out the big mistake. BCCI received a lot of backlash for the mix-up!
In a country where women athletes are still struggling against inequality and stereotypes, such blunders from a national governing body is a major setback.
Cricket lovers used Twitter to express their disappointment over BCCI’s statistic error and reminded the national board of Ekta’s achievement.
Take a look:
It is to be noted that for men, the shortest international cricket format is called a Twenty20 International (T20I) while for women this format is known as Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I).