Canadian striker Iain Hume has made history by becoming the first man to score three hat-tricks in the short history of the Indian Super League (ISL).
Hume scored all 3 goals in the Kerala Blasters 3-1 victory over the Delhi Dynamos at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday, to secure three vital points.
The Canadian is the most successful striker of the ISL having scored 26 goals in 54 games. However the 34-year-old has taken eight games to register a goal but then went on to steal a further two, not unlike his 2015 season playing for Atletico de Kolkata, were it took him 6 games to open his account, but he then went on to win the Golden Boot.
Despite the scoreline of this match, the Kerala Blasters were far from impressive and were up against a side that played well, but were very poor in front of goal, missing several good chances.
Hume opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a left footed shot from the close range. Pritam Kotal cancelled out the Blasters’ goal just before the break, heading home from the centre of the box into the bottom right corner, assisted by Romeo Fernandes with a cross following a set piece situation.
Blasters went ahead once again in the 78th minute through Hume with a right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner, assisted by Courage Pekuson.
Then in the 87th minute Hume put the icing on the cake for the Blasters after scoring once again with a right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal and finally pulling the curtains down on the Dynamos.
Hume’s hat-trick will no doubt boost the Blasters team’s confidence at a time when they need it most.