Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - 'It'll sink in in a few hours or a few days' - Campher on his memorable feat. Curtis Campher emulated Lasith Malinga & Rashid Khan by taking 4 in 4.
Curtis Campher emulated Lasith Malinga & Rashid Khan by taking 4 in 4.
Four wickets in four balls – it's not often you see the feat in international cricket. Lasith Malinga did it against South Africa while Rashid Khan did it against Ireland. On Monday (October 18), Curtis Campher joined the elite list with wickets of Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate, Scott Edwards and Roelof van der Merwe as Ireland trounced Netherlands with ease in their opening game of the T20 WC 2021.
Campher had leaked 12 in his opening over and started his second with a wide. It took him all of four balls to turn things around for himself and his team and rather dramatically at that. “Yeah, I have (picked a hat-trick) once before, but this is a lot different, a lot more special for sure,” he started. “Just club cricket. Definitely not the same level. But just really grateful. It will probably sink in in about a few hours or a few days, but just really happy to get the result.
“To be honest, I wasn't really thinking about it. Maybe it will set in a little bit later, but I'm just trying to do what I want to do – when Tendo [Ryan ten Doeschate] walked in we knew we had to go straight to him and that worked and then just carried on to Edwards too. Both those were plans worked out from the analyst and that kind of fit into my game, so maybe in a few hours or a few days, it might rub off. But to be honest I'm just happy with the win and that's all that matters.”
Campher acknowledged he had to take a moment after the hat-trick to settle down and focus on the task ahead. “My heart was racing quite high, but I just took a few deep breaths at the top of my run and just tried to make sure I manage my skills,” he revealed. “Obviously, I didn't really — after that over, I didn't really finish the last over as well as I wanted to, but I'm learning. I'm young. I'm just trying to do the best I can.
“Personally for me, it gives us a lot of momentum. As a bowling unit, when you have three guys going under sixes, it makes a big difference. I thought as a unit we were really good. Another day I can go for 10s or 12s, but the pressure the guys built managed to make me get the wickets. So to Mark Adair, Josh, Simi, and Whitey, we hounded as a unit, we hunted as a unit, and I was just lucky today to get the results.”
Having braved injuries – shoulder and ankle – it's no surprise that the Ireland pacer is happy to be back on the park. “I might sound like a broken record, but right now I'm just really enjoying my cricket. I'm just happy to be on the park and have this opportunity,” Campher said.
“I think people take for granted if you play a long time, it's nice to get — obviously, no one wants to have injuries, but to bounce back and actually start enjoying my cricket, just be grateful out there, whether I get hit for 60 or 70 or don't score a run, I'm just happy to be out there playing for my country.”
With a win in the bag, Ireland now face a tougher challenge and take on Sri Lanka on October 20 before rounding up their final Group A clash against Namibia on October 22.