Duminy reveals why he called it quits from the game
Former Proteas captain JP Duminy who has been an important player for the national team has recently announced his retirement from all forms of the game. The left-handed batsman had retired from international cricket after the end of summer’s showpiece event in England. However, he continued playing domestic cricket to entertain the fans.
Jean Paul Duminy spiced it up in Global T20 Canada and Caribbean Premier League. The elegant southpaw was also a part of Paarl Rocks’ squad in the Mzansi Super League (MSL), but owing to an injury, he was not able to play for the team. Nonetheless, he continued to stay with the Rocks as the mentor and steered them to win their maiden MSL title (2019).
Meanwhile, JP Duminy himself added that the lack of purpose is the actual reason why he decided to retire from cricket. He said that he didn’t see any ambition for himself in the franchise cricket and it was so easy for him to take the call.
“My drivers have always been if there is a purpose. When it came to South Africa, there was a higher purpose and the kids that look up to you. My ambition is to make it known to younger players about that responsibility,” Duminy was quoted as saying by IOL.
“It is great to be free and young, but to also be aware of what you do has consequences. With great power comes great responsibility. And playing international cricket you had a degree of purpose,” added JP Duminy.
“I am young enough to play and still earn money from the franchise game, but I am lacking a strong purpose with that. I played CPL and Canadian Premier League. I found at the CPL there is a hunger for young players to seek out older players. I don’t know what’s next. I had to take a bold step of closing a door before I could open the next door,” JP Duminy added further.
It is indeed worth mentioning here that JP Duminy is the leading run-scorer in T20Is for South Africa. Overall, he sits at the ninth spot. In 81 games, the southpaw has scored 1934 runs with unbeaten 96 being his personal best score.
The 35-year-old Duminy played 46 Tests and 199 ODIs for South Africa, in which he scored 2103 and 5100 runs, respectively. He was also an integral part of the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he amassed 2000 runs in 83 games.