Bowlers put Duminy in a spin

2010-03-02 22:35

Henk Steenkamp

Port Elizabeth - Cricket captains will in future turn to their spin bowlers as soon as JP Duminy comes out to bat.

However, that will not be the case at Newlands on Wednesday night in the second game of the one semi-final in the Standard Bank Pro20 Series.

Duminy will not be in the Cobras’ line-up for the match against the Warriors due to the hand injury that he sustained with the South African cricket team in India.

If Warriors off-spinner Johan Botha and let-arm spinner Nicky Bojé were licking their lips in anticipation of bowling at Duminy, they will have to wait for another time.

Duminy batted five times on the tour of India and was dismissed leg before wicket on each occasion. This includes the two-day training game at the start of the tour.

He batted three times in the two Tests and was dismissed lbw by spinner Harbhajan Singh every time.

Duminy will hope he is not dismissed in similar fashion when he bats again.

According to statistician Andrew Samson there are two batsmen in first-class cricket to have been dismissed lbw seven successive times.

They are Vishal Bhatia (for Himachal Pradesh and North Zone) between December 2003 and November 2004, as well as Alester Maregwede (for Zimbabwe under-23 and the Southerns) between November 2005 and May 2007.

Samson said he could determine whether the same umpires were involved in the lbw decisions, but he believes it’s highly unlikely that the same umpire would rule against a batsman in the same way over an extended period.

Duminy can at least take heart from that.


  • da Brudda - 2010-03-03 06:27

    He is only in the team because he is the right "color"..............................

  • Mundo - 2010-03-03 07:38

    Poor JP "I only date larnies nowadays" Duminy.. Serves u right

  • Just Cricket - 2010-03-03 08:15

    Well, no one believed me when I said it after his Australian heroics and everyone thought he's the next biggie, "he's young on the scene and he has to work harder, because international bowlers will work him out". Prophecy fulfilled. If you are really that good Duminy, then get some runs on the domestic scene (not IPL) come back with a bang!

  • Middle Stump - 2010-03-03 09:33

    Duminy - When you learn to bat, and have humbleness - then come back and play with the real cricketers - until then you are just another over rated one hit wonder who has had his limited skills exposed !!!!!

  • Johnno - 2010-03-03 09:40

    HIs IPL team must be very worried after forking out a fortune for him.

  • mossie - 2010-03-03 10:18

    it happens in sports. JP will bounce back... We love you and we are honoured to be represented by you. Ur colour doesnt matter to us, U deserve to be in the national team.

  • RL - 2010-03-03 10:20

    having read this article twice, the value of it still escapes me .. what the "henk" are you thinking? juips is by no means a one hit wonder and has the makings of a "young lara", all he needs as "just cricket" suggests is to bang out a few runs domestically / ipl and work on some technical flaws (something which all batsmen have had to do at some stage) . good luck my boy. ps. its a pity he doesn’t have nearly half the dim witted confidence as the chops commenting on the article, he'd be invincible then ...

  • Stephen - 2010-03-03 10:32

    Leave the poor guy alone! He'll show you all his true talent in time! And - what's colour got to do with it? Quit with this colour issue, it's out of date and boring.

  • NeilA @ MUndo - 2010-03-03 10:40

    No need to be racist dude, so what if he dates a larnie, just fir interest sake, what do you call Mathew Booth then? i actually thought you were ok, judging by this post, not so much

  • KRITBEK - 2010-03-03 11:17

    u know... in life there are always people who wanna drag you down to their level.. Duminy is not in form now... and i must ask myself y the guy only scores runs in domestic and ipl games. I think, and i speak under correction, that he is not allowed to play his game at international level. Let the guy do his thing... i mean AB plays his game and it fits him perfect. JP always heve to come in when SA wickets are tumbling... Come on, it restricts you to play your game

  • The Oracle - 2010-03-03 11:34

    @ Mundo, what does his personal life have anything with his cricketing abilites? Guys please put a cork on this race thing.

  • Just Cricket - 2010-03-03 11:34

    @NeilA . We should give up trying to debate with an uneducated racist like pampoenkop Mundo (he told me to "immigrate"). His name is also a dead give-away, meaning "the World" in Spanish! Duminy might bounce back, I think it is 50/50.

  • Fanie (@Stephan) - 2010-03-03 11:42

    Ek stem 100% saam. Ouens soos @Mundo en @de Brudda moet die kleur issue laat staan en op die meriete van die saak konsentreer. Ek wens net die keurders wil dieselfde doen (naamlik om 'n speler op meriete te kies), maar ons is nog nie naby daardie punt nie.

  • Mundo - 2010-03-03 11:45

    @Neil.. It aint me who posted that comment.. Whoever u r stop ur crap.. My personal feelings about JP are like this, I really dont sympathize with JP cause he has turned his back on people who supported him when he started. I will give an example: Before him shooting to stardom, he used to play Sahara benefit matches hosted every year in Sandton. Its a proteas team playing against Schools XI.. Its a great sporting event which exposes out up and coming cricketing talent(That's where I saw Themba Bavuma).. Even the president attends this match. All of a sudden when he was supposed to play after earning a CSA contract and an IPL contract, he refers Sahara to his manager of which his manager said he cant play cause he's tired and needs to rest.. I was very disappointed with him cause I know him personally.. Guess what, all the kids at that Sandton school were looking for him so that they can take pictures and chat to him.. Makhaya Ntini(was on the same tour as JP), Loots Bosman have been doing it for years and will still be doing for the coming years that why I have great respect for them.. Smith attends them even though he doesnt play. Saw Kallis for the first time last year.. AB, Boucher(receving sponsorship from sahara) always cums up with excuses of needing to rest.. Boucher said it himself that he doesnt get paid to play and sign autographs that why again I dont respect him.. Makhaya on the other hands signed autographs for all and I mean all the kids that queued up(close to a hundred if not more kids).. when I asked him if he doesnt get tired this was his reply: "Yes I do get tired but I have to do it.. I am a role model to these kids and I have a duty to always maintain that. Being a public figure is tough boet..*laughed*"

  • @Mossie - 2010-03-03 12:01

    Bounce back from what. He scored a good knock against the aussies and has never done anything again.

  • Gerrit - 2010-03-03 16:25

    JP's form lately is very frustrating, especially during a tour where we really needed batsmen to bite the bullet and occupy the crease. His first class performances is what got him in the national team and his achievements in Australia suggest he is a bona fide prospect to represent SA in the international arena. But currently we have sufficient ability and talent to replace him with. I agree with Just Cricket, let him go back to the previous level and if he is truly as good as he is made out to be then there will be no stopping him from coming back. It worked for Amla after all.

  • Joe - 2010-03-04 12:17

    Duminy (besides having his brain adled hopefully temporarily by a bad run) and Prince have similar problems against spin. They are both short guys who can't plonk their legs down the wicket to get outside the line to avoid the lbw. They'll have learn use the bat early on and use their feet more when they are in. Interesting to compare Duminy with Parnell in the recent series. Parnell being taller didn't have this problem. It was pity Prince was sent to the subcontinent to recover his form. He already had a bad record there. . It also doesn't help when the newspaper reporters turn these talented young players in to stars before they have the track record for it. There is a danger they believe their own press and get hammered mentally once the opposing coaches analyse their weaknesses. Sports reporters I suppose are paid to write about something and all too often they fix on promising young cricketers and hamper there development.

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