Jaydev Unadkat altered the course of history by being the first cricketer to strike a hat-trick in the opening over of a Ranji Trophy game. After a remarkable comeback against Bangladesh, the Saurashtra captain relaunched his international career on Tuesday in a Ranji Trophy Group C match in Rajkot. Unadkat missed Saurashtra’s first two games of this season because of commitments to India. However, the left-arm fast bowler made an impression, unlike anything he had ever made in his first red-ball appearance this year.

Due to the injuries to several of their first-XI players, Delhi was left in the dust by Unadkat’s dominance. The in-form Delhi batsman and current season’s top scorer, Dhruv Shorey, was dismissed by the left-arm spinner on the third delivery of the game after the visitors elected to bat. Vaibhav Rawal and Delhi captain Yash Dhull were sent packing for golden ducks after Unadkat completed his hat-trick. While Rawa edged one to wicketkeeper Harvik Desai, Dhull was caught straight in front of the wickets. Vinay Kumar of Karnataka previously held the record for the quickest hat trick in the Ranji Trophy, doing it between the first and third over.

Unadkat was still working. After delivering a stunning opening over that left Delhi in a state of shock, the veteran of 97 first-class matches struck again in his following over to finish a five-wicket haul—the 21st of his storied first-class career—in his second over. Jonty Sidhu and rookie Lakshay Thareja were his victims in this attack (4).

Chirag Jani’s dismissal of Ayush Badoni for a three-ball duck amid Unadkat’s mayhem provided no solace for Delhi. The score for Delhi was 5/6 after three overs.

The lone wicketless over of the whole game came in Jani’s second over, and it remained that way at least until Unadkat got rid of Lalit Yadav in his third over. Delhi lost 7 wickets while scoring only 10 runs. Up to five of their top six batsmen were out for a duck; Unadkat victimized four of them.

Fortunately, Pranshu Vijayran and Hrithik Shokeen handled the decline and prevented Delhi from embarrassingly recording the lowest total in the Ranji Trophy—21 by Hyderabad against Rajasthan in 2010–11—by addressing the slump.