South African all-rounder JP Duminy announced his retirement from Test cricket last September and stated that his main focus will be limited-overs cricket and also to coach his domestic franchise, Cape Cobras. Since then, he has concentrated all his efforts in limited-overs cricket to bring out the best in him. On Wednesday, JP Duminy scripted history by clobbering 37 runs in an over while playing for Cape Cobras during a Momentum one-day cup match against Knights. Cape Cobras while chasing 240 runs made by Knights, reached 208 for 2 in just 35 overs. Duminy had then scored 34 runs off 30 deliveries when leg-spinner Eddie Leie for Knights came on to bowl. The 33-year-old southpaw aiming to seal the game in that over with a bonus point, struck a six on the first delivery and despatched the ball out of the boundary another three times in a row. By then, Duminy had set his eyes to equal the feat his fellow South African Herschel Gibbs had achieved hammering Daan van Bunge of Netherlands at St. Kitts, Basseterre.
But, his hopes were deflated when Eddie restricted to take double at the penultimate ball. But the legspinner was already beaten with 26 runs of 5 balls and conceded a no-ball on the sixth ball that went for a four taking his score for the over to 31 with still 1 ball left. Then on the last ball, Duminy guided the ball over the fence to make it 37 of six balls. Cape Cobras won the match in a jiffy and Duminy by then had already created history as the batsmen to have hit the second most runs in an over and to be ahead of the only South African Herschel Gibbs. Duminy finished the innings with 70 of 37 balls with seven sixes and two fours.
However, Duminy failed by just 2 runs to be the player with most runs in an over. The title holder for most runs in an over was claimed by Zimbabwean Elton Chigumbura when he smashed 39 runs off Alauddin Babu during a Dhaka Premier League match in 2013. In India, former skipper Sourav Ganguly holds the record after scoring 34 runs against Sukhvinder Singh that included 2 no balls.