Karnataka fast bowler A. Mithun recorded the first ever hat-trick in a Vijay Hazare Trophy final when he got Tamil Nadu’s Murugan Ashwin to sky a catch to K. Gowtham at cover.
His five-for took him to the top of his team’s wicket-taker list (20 wickets). Earlier in the day, Mithun had given Karnataka the perfect start by getting opener M. Vijay to edge an outswinger for a duck.
The pacer’s fine performance set his side on the right path in the summit clash.
It has been a good start to the season for Mithun, who is now without his long-time pace partner Vinay Kumar. With Vinay having moved to Pondicherry, Mithun has taken over the mantle of leader of the attack.
“When we go into a match, everyone knows their plans and strengths, so there’s very little for me to say. If anyone needs any help, I go and talk to them. Prasidh wants to play at the next level. If you have that mindset, you know what you are doing.
“Koushik is also bowling in good areas. I don’t want to say much to him either,” Mithun said.
On his hat-trick, Mithun said, “In the absence of (the injured) Prasidh, as a senior, I had to take responsibility and do well.”