South African batsman Jean Paul Duminy has been one of the biggest talents to burst on to the cricketing firmament in the past decade or so. It is then no wonder that he has been a part of the world’s biggest T20 competition as well- the IPL. So far Duminy has played for two teams in the IPL- the star studded Mumbai Indians and the 2009 champions of the tournament the Deccan Chargers/Sunrisers Hyderabad.
When he first appeared in the IPL in 2009, he was regarded as one of the hottest upcoming cricketers in the world after his superlative performances in Australia. Over the years, he has not disappointed; although he has not exactly set the tournament on fire as yet. The upcoming seasons of the IPL might as well turn out to be the ones in which Duminy becomes the consistent match winner that he often is for South Africa in international cricket.
Duminy has a technique that allows him to play at a variety of positions but the best position for him over the years has been the middle order since he thrives under pressure situations and has bailed his team out of trouble plenty of times. Although he does not appear to be the most muscular of cricketers, he can really pack a punch when he wants to and can clear any ground in the world with his trademark leg-side pickup shots. As a result, he is the batsman who can finish off games with a flourish against a mounting required rate or push the team to a good total when batting first. However, it is also true that he might sometimes find it difficult to play all his strokes against quality fast bowling.
When the auctions for the second edition of the IPL rolled in, Jean Paul Duminy found himself in an extremely favourable position since at that point of time he was among one of the best emerging payers in the cricketing world. He was bought by the cash rich Mumbai Indians for an eye popping $9, 50,000. However, he was not retained by the MI outfit and coupled with his below average form at that particular juncture of his career he attracted far less attention in 2011. The price at which the hammer went down was $300,000 and he was sold to the Hyderabad franchise.
So far Duminy has played plenty of crucial innings for his franchise but his personal best came on a day on which his team was struggling to score runs on a slow pitch against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in a league game at Hyderabad. He batted at number 5 and scored a gritty 74 off 53 balls (4*4, 6*5) to guide the Deccan Chargers to 132 in 20 overs. The Chargers won the game by 9 runs.
A look through his record in the IPL clearly shows that he has not really played as much as other players. As a matter of fact, he did not feature at all this past season. However, what is still a noticeable fact is that he has an average that can be termed highly impressive in T20 cricket and hence, it is safe to say he would be an asset to any team which decides to play him at number 5 or 6.
Additionally, it is also noteworthy that his strike rate has jumped quite substantially to 128.42 in 2012 from the strike rates that he had in the previous seasons and that certainly augurs well for the next season.
Did you know?
After he got the bumper contract with the Mumbai Indians, Duminy built a house in Cape Town with a magnificent view of the world famous Table Mountains. Who would not like to wake up to such a sight every morning? Duminy had been in a relationship with South African model Sue Erasmus for quite a few years and the couple got married in 2011 in a private ceremony.
By Soham Samadddar