Palaniapan Meiyappan
Palaniapan Meiyappan. (Picture Supply: Twitter)

UAE’s younger prodigious leg spinner Karthik Meiyappan registered his identify into the file books after claiming a memorable hat-trick in opposition to Asian champions Sri Lanka on Tuesday, 18th of October. The 22-year-old turned the primary bowler to seize a hat-trick on the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.

His unbelievable feat makes him solely the second Asian and fifth general to take a hattrick in a T20 World Cup, becoming a member of the likes of  Brett Lee (2007), Curtis Campher (2021), Wanindu Hasaranga (2021), and Kagiso Rabada (2021) in an elite record of gamers. He additionally turned the primary participant from an ICC affiliate nation to take a hat-trick in opposition to a full member.

Sri Lanka, who have been shocked by Namibia of their opening fixture, have been within the ascendency earlier than Meiyappan got here on to bowl the fifteenth over of the match in Geelong. The fourth supply of the over noticed Bhanuka Rajapaksa gap out at deep cowl, which was adopted by Charith Asalanka knicking one by means of to the keeper on the very subsequent supply.

However the icing on the cake got here within the type of the dismissal of Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka, who was crushed by a peach to see his off stump disturbed. Meiyappan returned with fabulous figures of three/19 after dismissing three famend power-hitters in an over.

Meiyappan was born in Chennai

Born in Chennai, Meiyappan moved round Abu Dhabi and Dubai earlier than his household ultimately settled in Dubai in 2012. That’s when cricket opened its door for the teen in UAE. He attended the Winchester College in Dubai the place he met present UAE teammate Aryan Lakra.

He was a part of the UAE U-19 group that took half within the Asia Cup hosted by Bangladesh in 2018, earlier than main the U-19 aspect on the 2019 ACC U-19 Asian Cup in Sri Lanka. He made his senior debut in 2019 in opposition to the USA in Sharjah and since making his debut has scalped ten wickets in ODIs and 21 wickets within the shortest format of the sport for UAE.

However he rose to fame in 2020 when the IPL was moved to UAE as a result of Covid-19 disaster in India. The teen was roped in by the Royal Challengers Bangalore camp alongside along with his skipper Ahmed Raza to coach with the franchise. He bought the chance to rub shoulders with the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Yuzvendra Chahal throughout his stint with the RCB.