IPL helping to mend JP’s broken heart

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Duminy, who took over the captaincy at Delhi from Kevin Pietersen, says his new role has eased the disappointments suffered in Australia and New Zealand last month.

The Proteas were knocked out at the semi-finals of the World Cup in a nail-biting game against New Zealand.

“It wasn’t easy preparing for the IPL because the World Cup is a long and taxing tournament,” he told Saturday Star.

“I had a couple of days to get fresh, but the tournament couldn’t have come at a better time. It is a great distraction from what happened in the last few weeks.

“The World Cup was painful. The IPL has given me an opportunity to focus on different things. It has definitely taken my mind off things.

“I’m excited by the prospect of what you can achieve in this tournament.”

Duminy’s Daredevils kicked off their IPL campaign last week. Though they narrowly lost their first two games, they put in a convincing performance on Tuesday night to win their first game.

Duminy says he is enjoying the added responsibility of leading the team out.

“It’s been really good so far. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the leadership opportunity. The IPL is a unique place to lead because of the different cultures and the different players that you encounter.

“I’ve enjoyed it, and it’s good to get a win under the belt.

“And there’s no doubt that we will take a lot of confidence from our first win.”

Duminy is joined by a large contingent of South African cricketers at Delhi including Quinton de Kock, Imran Tahir and Albie Morkel. Delhi’s technical staff also includes three South Africans: head coach Gary Kirsten, conditioning coach Rob Walters and bowling coach Alfonso Thomas.

Duminy says he is thrilled to be joined by so many South Africans in the Delhi team and that it has made his job as captain much easier.

“It’s definitely easier, having a good few South Africans in the mix because I’m able to understand the manner in which they operate.

“I’ve worked with Gary for many years, and Rob, so I understand their coaching style. Not only do I buy into it, but I understand it. I enjoy the way they manage the team.”

Duminy says it’s an “honour” to play in India in front the most passionate cricket fans in the world.

“It’s a great privilege to play in front of these crowds. I don’t feel under pressure but rather see it as a great opportunity. They are cricket-mad here in India, and fans support the team whether they win or lose. I really hope we can make Delhi fans proud.”

Duminy adds that he is looking forward to coming up against his fellow countrymen in the IPL.

“I’m excited to bowl against David Miller. I’ve taken him out a few times,” Duminy laughs.

He says he is also looking forward to coming up against Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga.

“He is one of the best so I would like to test myself against him. If I can succeed in that challenge, it will be a great thing.”

Delhi play their next game against the Hyderabad Sunrisers on Saturday afternoon.

sameer.naik@inl.co.za

Saturday Star

Captaining the Delhi Daredevils at the IPL has helped JP Duminy get over his World Cup heartbreak.

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