South Africa’s left-handed middle-order batsman, JP Duminy thinks Bangladesh have really stepped up their game recently in ODIs and the 3-match ODI series against them won’t be so easy for the Proteas.
Bangladesh will play the only warm-up game before the ODI series today (Thursday) against South Africa Invitation XI and JP Duminy is the captain of that Proteas side.
Meanwhile, AB de Villiers who has been out from the international for a long time is making his comeback in this series and he’ll play today’s match too.
While talking to the reporters during their practice session on Wednesday, JP Duminy said, “I certainly do believe the ODI series will be tougher for us to win against Bangladesh compared to the Test series. I think the Test team played exceptionally well and dominated almost every day. It’s nice to see South Africa dominating particularly after the series loss against England.”
He added, “But from the one-day perspective, Bangladesh have really stepped up their game recently. And we are going to have to play well to beat them. I am looking forward to a hard-fought series.”
Bangladesh will feel more confident in the ODI series as Shakib Al Hasan who didn’t play in the Test series due to his 3-month break from the longer format is back in the squad and their inspirational captain, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is also here.
Duminy said, “No doubt Shakib’s return will be a big boost for Bangladesh as Shakib al Hasan returns in the shorter formats. Obviously they missed Shakib in the Tests. He is a big player for them and a match-winner. So we are going to have to play well in the coming formats.”
He added, “I always believe that, shorter the format means closer the teams are. This is a great opportunity for the Invitational team to dent Bangladesh. They must be low in confidence after the 2-0 loss. It’s important for us to put on a performance.”
However, the off-spinning all-rounder has recently retired from the Test arena and he said to the reporters that he had a feeling that his Test career was over two months prior to taking the call.
He last played in white dress against England in the first Test at Lord’s in July 2017. Duminy scored 15 and 2 in his final Test where England beat South Africa comprehensively by 211 runs.
Left-handed batsman said, “Walking off after Lord’s, I felt a change needed to happen. I rightly deserved to be dropped. There were guys putting up their hands for places and I felt I needed a different path.”
Veteran Duminy finished his talk with showing disappointment over the postponement of the T-20 Global League as he said, “It is disappointing, not just from a South African point of view but also from a global point of view. I think the manner in which it has been postponed is the most disappointing. I’m hoping it’s not the end. I’m hoping it can recover and we can come to a consensus about the way forward.”