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Amidst the ruins of Delhi Daredevils’ abysmal IPL 2014 season, stands JP Duminy – solid and dependable, aggressive and attacking, with 357 runs from 12 matches. He has scored the bulk of DD’s runs, often coming down the order.
After DD lost yet another game – this time at the hands of KXIP in Delhi – Duminy analysed his team’s woes and he even discussed his own new role, that of a finisher.
Here are excerpts from his exclusive chat with IPLT20.com:
With such a good team, can you exactly put a finger on what has gone wrong or will it be too much to say?
It is a very difficult question to answer. It has been very disappointing to have such a dismal season. As you mentioned, we have some very good players, but we haven’t fired as a group. Our batting and bowling hasn’t quite clicked simultaneously in a game, which has resulted in our downfall. But tonight, I thought we fought hard and took the game to the last over from a position where they needed only seven runs an over to win. To fight back from there was a good sign, and that’s all we ask off ourselves in the last three games. We cannot control the results, but we can give our best in all the remaining games. How tough is it to be such an outstanding performer in a losing side? Despite doing well yourself, you cannot really celebrate your success.
I am pretty pleased with my personal performances, but like you mentioned, it doesn’t really mean much when you’re losing. The only way I can make things better is by improving my own performances and finding ways where I can help the team in other ways. I was pretty pleased to contribute with the ball today as that’s something I haven’t been able to do in the matches gone by.
What is the motivation now for DD?
Even though this season has been really bad for us, we can still win the remaining two games and go out on a high. We have, not for a second, taken things for granted. We know we are privileged to be here, playing in this tournament and representing the Delhi Daredevils. And it’s our responsibility to put in the good performances.
Gary Kirsten said that the team management was actually in a dilemma over your batting position. They wanted their most in-form batsman to face most balls and also finish games. How has that been for you?
I have enjoyed it all. I have enjoyed finishing games here as it is not something I have done too often at the international level. It was nice for me to get that role and do well to justify it. I do take a lot of confidence out of it. But look, we have got a very good batting line-up and it’s just that we have fired in patches. Today seeing Dinesh Karthik and Kevin Pietersen do as well as they did, was great. We will be the first ones to admit that we haven’t performed to the best of our abilities.
Imran Tahir and Mohammed Shami have been DD’s spin and pace spearheads respectively. Did their relative lack of impact hurt the team?
Imran has been thrown in the deep end, coming late into the tournament and with the team not doing well. It will be unfair to say he is out of form after he showed what he can do, in today’s match (4-0-22-3). As far as Shami is concerned, he is still young; he has only just played a handful of IPL matches and he is still learning, despite the fact that he has played international cricket. It won’t be fair to blame the individuals. It’s the team that has lost.
Beuran Hendricks, a 23-year-old South African fast bowler, is four years old in first-class cricket and he recently made his international debut in the 2014 World Twenty20. A few months later, Hendricks finds himself amidst the frenzy of T20 cricket that is the Pepsi IPL.
The pacer made his IPL debut, for KXIP, in Delhi and returned with three wickets against his name. He started off gingerly, facing the wrath of Kevin Pietersen’s bat, but the young man soon pulled himself back together in the death overs. His first spell read 2-0-23-0 and the second spell reflected figures of 2-0-13-3. Those two tight overs in his latter spell could have been the difference between victory and defeat for KXIP, as they scraped home in a last-over thriller while chasing DD’s 164.
After KXIP won the match by four wickets, Hendricks spoke to IPLT20.com about his first IPL experience.
Here are excerpts from his interview:
First IPL game – a totally new experience?
It’s been really exciting. I’ve been with the guys for a couple of weeks now and I’ve gotten to know them much better and got to feel the vibe and the atmosphere of the tournament. It was really good to get on the field and play.
At any point in the tournament did you doubt whether you’ll get a game or not?
The team was winning and so I just took a backseat and watched them do good things for us. But I was always preparing myself to play, thinking that anything can happen in the game. Mitchell didn’t feel too well, so I got the opportunity and I was ready to go today. Tough to watch from the sidelines as your teammates win games on the field?
It’s a little tough to be honest, but you also enjoy watching them. The atmosphere in the camp becomes really cheerful and you get to be a part of the celebrations in the dressing room for sure. These have been happy days for us.
You went for 23 in your first two overs. Was it nerves?
I had a little bit of nerves because this is the IPL – it’s global cricket – and it was my first game at this level. Also, I didn’t have much of game time recently, so I was feeling my way into the game. It was a good feeling to get back and I kept telling myself that it’s not the way you start, but the way you finish. And I finished well today.
You bowled short and wide to KP and paid the price?
Definitely. I wasn’t hitting my lengths as I normally do. But I just reassessed what I had to do when I came back to bowl my second spell and I managed to pull things back. I love bowling in the death and I was able to hit my spots right in my last two overs.