We unearth some interesting statistics and facts on the back of JP Duminy’s World Cup hat-trick against Sri Lanka in Sydney on Wednesday…
1. Duminy’s hat-trick is the 38th in the history of ODI cricket. Pakistan’s Jalal-ud-Din achieved the first in September 1982 – and England’s Steven Finn the last in February 2015.
2. The feat is the first by a South African at a World Cup. Finn, Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga (twice), West Indian Kemar Roach, Australian Brett Lee, Sri Lankan Chaminda Vaas, Pakistani Saqlain Mushtaq and Indian Chetan Sharma also boast hat-tricks at the global event.
3. Seamer Charl Langeveldt was the last South African to take an ODI hat-trick, removing Windies trio Ian Bradshaw, Daren Powell and Corey Collymore with successive deliveries in Barbados, May 2005.
4. This is the first ODI hat-trick against Sri Lanka since March 2012, when Australian Dan Christian dismissed all-rounder Thisara Perera and tail-enders Sachithra Senanayake and Nuwan Kulasekara with deliveries three, four and five of a telling 44th over.
5. Prior to Duminy’s record, the Sydney Cricket Ground had not witnessed an ODI hat-trick since fast bowler Bruce Reid’s demolition of New Zealand’s lower order in January 1986.
6. Duminy is feasibly the first cricketer, not recognised as a specialist bowler, to secure an ODI hat-trick. The 34 others were – or are – specialist seamers or spinners.