Madhya Pradesh seamer Kulwant Khejroliya created history in the Ranji Trophy on Monday after snapping up four wickets in consecutive deliveries during a thumping win over Baroda at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.
Featuring in his fifth game of the tournament, Kulwant went on a rampage after MP posted 454 in the first-innings and shot Baroda out for 132 to enforce the follow-on. The left-arm seamer then neautralized Baroda’s second-innings resistance by castling centurion Shashwat Rawat (102).
4⃣ in 4⃣!
Kulwant Khejroliya scalped 4 wickets in 4 balls en route to his five-wicket haul to help Madhya Pradesh beat Baroda in Indore.
— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) February 12, 2024
He backed it up with three more wickets in succession as Mahesh Pithiya, Bhargav Bhatt and AM Singh registered first-ball ducks. Kulwant became only the third Indian bowler to record a double hat-trick (four wickets in four balls) in First-Class cricket.
Delhi’s Shankar Saini (1988) and Jammu and Kashmir’s Mohammad Mudashir (2018) are the only other Indians to achieve the feat. Incidentally, Mudashir and Khejroliya are now the only bowlers to have bagged a double hat-trick in First-Class and a hat-trick in List-A cricket.
Kulwant completed the procession by dismissing all-rounder Atit Sheth to claim his maiden First-Class five-wicket haul while Madhya Pradesh earned an innings and 52-run win over Baroda. They now sit atop Elite Group D with 26 points after six rounds.
Kulwant began his domestic cricket career with Delhi in 2017 but did not feature in any red-ball fixture since 2020 until the start of the ongoing season where he made a switch to MP. The 31-year-old, who has had brief stints in the IPL since 2017, is a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders outfit since the 2023 season.