The last few months have been simply ordinary for South Africa’s JP Duminy. The dynamic southpaw has not been among the runs lately, and his bowling attributes too have not been productive enough for South Africa. The left hander was recently dropped from South Africa’s ODI team for the fifth ODI against England.
Despite struggling for form, Duminy was backed by South Africa’s coach Russel Domingo. “In JP’s last few innings, like in Port Elizabeth, he had a good partnership with AB got a very average decision, missing leg stump. In Centurion, he didn’t bat. And the next game he got 35 and played beautifully in Johannesburg and then he got to the spinner. He is not in bad form. He is actually playing really well,” Domingo said.
With the World T20 just around the corner, Duminy will head to India as a vital cog for the Proteas. Domingo acknowledged that and said, “JP is a phenomenal cricketer and has been for a long period of time. If a player misses out once or twice, gets a bad decision, hits a few bad shots, people write him off. JP is a hell of a player and I am expecting big things from him at the World T20.”
“As much as people try and keep criticism away from you and media speculation and constant scrutiny, it can weigh you down sometimes. JP has played every one-day game for the last six-seven months so it was a good time to have a bit of a break,” Domingo added.