Mumbai: It was a 'hat-trick' which big-bodied West Indian Kieron Pollard would like to forget in a hurry as he dropped three consecutive catches during an IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.
Although, it is not confirmed but perhaps this was first ever instance when a fielder dropped three catches of successive deliveries of the same batsman and that too in the first over of the innings.
Stationed at point, Pollard dropped Michael Hussey thrice off paceman Mitchell Johnson and all the three shots were similar - cut uppishly, going straight to the fielder.
The first one was a hard slash but the second and third one came straight at him and he failed to pouch onto them. He left the field after dropping the third catch as the ball also hit him in the cheekbone.
For team which was defending a small total of 139 against a formidable opponent, it was criminal to drop a player of Hussey calibre on three occasions.
However, he returned and made some redemption by taking a well-judged diving catch at the same point position to see the back of in-form Suresh Raina.