Friday, Oct 31, 2014

IPL 7: I keenly follow how AB or MS approach their innings, says Duminy

Duminy feels that it is his compatriot AB de Villiers, who has changed the landscape of T20 batsmanship with his innovative shot-making. (BCCI/IPL) Duminy feels that it is his compatriot AB de Villiers, who has changed the landscape of T20 batsmanship with his innovative shot-making. (BCCI/IPL)
Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Posted: May 6, 2014 7:47 pm

of IPL has been the most satisfying one for him so far.

“I have not played as many games like most players in the earlier editions of IPL but this one is definitely going lot better than previous ones but there are seven more games to go.

“Obviously, I would love to contribute for the team and not only from IPL perspective but from overall point of view, I am pretty happy with my performance. I am looking to improve my game further,” Duminy said.

Duminy made it clear that he has no problems with his current batting slot in the Daredevils team.

“I am pretty happy. It’s not about an individual but it’s about what is best for the team. Look at the batting line-up of DD. There are guys who have the x-factor. Even for South Africa, I bat at number five and same thing I am doing for Delhi. I see no problems,” he said.

Duminy has not set any specific targets for himself as he feels that even a 10 from two balls can make a difference in the final context of the match.

“I have no specific targets set. I am happy to do what is required from me — be it 10 off 2 balls or 50 off 30 balls. If I don’t bat and team wins, I am happy about that also. I have past that stage of my career when I would think only about myself,” he said.

Duminy said he prefers bowling his off-breaks only when the majority of the top-order is filled with left-handed batsmen.

“I bowl as per requirements of the team. I fancy myself against left-handers and if you see the last two matches, there hasn’t been too many of them. Remember that batsmen always face difficulties facing a delivery that turns away. On Monday against CSK, they didn’t have too many left-handers barring Suresh Raina. Now Raina also plays the spin bowling very well.”

The Proteas batsman cites David Warner’s example as someone who has has smooth transition from T20 to Test cricket.

“It’s just about the mindset. If you look at Warner, he is one of the most destructive Test players. More than technique it’s the mindset that manners,” Duminy said.

Duminy is a passionate golfer who loves watching Tiger Woods and young Rickie Fowler in action.

“I play with a 6-handicap and it’s not bad at all. I play with reverse grip, right-handed. I enjoy playing the game,” he signed off.

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