JP Duminy the elegant left-handed batsman is no new to Indian conditions having been featured in the Indian Premier League quite frequently. His experience in these conditions could be very handy in the upcoming T20 series against the hosts.
The middle-order batsman, who plays for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, is a key member of South Africa’s T20 squad considering his all-around skills and the role of a stroke-maker. But his knowledge about the Indian conditions and how to negotiate that will be useful inside information for the youngsters in the squad.
Duminy feels that the sizes of Indian grounds, nature of the tracks and spinners could hold the key in deciding who wins the three-match series beginning October 2 in Dharamsala.
“There are definitely certain grounds in India that are smaller than other grounds in the world, and in T20 cricket that can potentially make a big difference. It could affect both your batting and bowling plans, in terms of possibly how much is enough when you setting a target, likewise the strategies in which bowlers to use and when,” the South African was quoted as saying byiol.co.za.
The left-hander, who can also pitch in as a useful spinner in limited-overs cricket, said the selection of spinners in the Indian squads for T20s, ODIs and Tests could have a say in the kind of pitches that are rolled out during the 72-day tour.
“The pitches are generally good for batting with high scores a common feature in the IPL. But looking at the squads they [India] have selected, there is obviously a heavy emphasis on spin, and that could influence the way the surfaces are going to be prepared as it could even turn quite significantly in the T20s already,” he opined.
Duminy was of the view that his team will have to sit down and chalk out plans to counter that. “As a batting unit we are going to have to come up with good game plans,” he said.
The South African has recently become a father and having some quality time with his family back home, Duminy says his focus is back on the work ahead.
“Being a father has added a whole new dimension to my life. But it’s time for daddy to go back to work now. And I’m really looking forward to this India tour. It’s going to be a long one, and the next month is going to be really big in terms how our season progresses.” he said.