JP Duminy etched his name in the books by scoring a record-breaking 37 runs in a single over in List A cricket. It was an ordinary domestic One Day match between Knights and Cape Cobras at the Cape Town until Duminy’s innings. Knights scored 239 for 9 in the first innings and Cobras were heading towards a comprehensive win chasing a modest total. But Duminy made it memorable by hitting 5 sixes in an over.
It was in the 37th over of the innings which also happened to be the last over of Cobras’ innings. They needed just 34 runs to win the match. Duminy felt that they could cash in and get a bonus point by scoring the runs quickly. He went for an absolute onslaught against 31-year-old Eddie Leie.
Duminy slammed four sixes in a row followed by a couple of runs. Under pressure, Leie bowled a no ball which was struck by Duminy for a boundary. The left-handed batsman then made the most of the last delivery and hit a six to finish the match off in style. He ended up hitting the second-most number of runs in an over in the history of List A cricket.
Here’s what Duminy said after achieving this feat –
It is not every day you get the opportunity, so of course I was trying to go for the six sixes in an over. I initially thought it was all about the bonus point. I looked up at the scoreboard and we needed 35 with four overs still to go to get the bonus point, so I just decided to take Eddie on. I was striking the ball really cleanly, and when the first two went for six, I figured I might as well give it a full go now because regardless whether I get out we would still have secured the bonus point. It was enjoyable.
Here’s the list of top five cricketers who have scored most runs in an over –
Elton Chigumbura – 39 (nb5w164646w16) off Alauddin Babu; Sheikh Jamal v Abahani Ltd Dhaka 2013/14
JP Duminy – 37 (666625nb6) off Eddie Leie; Cape Cobras v Knights Cape Town 2017/18
Herschelle Gibbs – 36 (6×6) off Daan van Bunge; South Africa v Netherlands St. Kitts 2006/07
Raiphi Gomez – 35 (64wd6666) off Dwaraka Ravi Teja; Hyderabad v Kerala Chennai 2009/10
Vivian Richards – 34 (5×6 1×4) off D Graveney Somerset v Gloucestershire Taunton 1977
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— COBRAS CRICKET (@CobrasCricket) January 18, 2018
With this record-breaking knock, Duminy has now made a strong statement ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 auction on January 27 & 28. Even though he didn’t feature in the previous edition, this time he might surely get big bucks for his all-round services.