South Africa defeated Australia in their last group stage match of the ongoing World Cup on Saturday at Old Trafford. After a disappointing World Cup campaign, this win was a consolation but was special as the Proteas were bidding farewell to veteran all-rounder JP Duminy.
JP Duminy in his illustrious career played 46 Tests, 199 ODIs and for South Africa. He averaged 32.85 in Tests and 36.81 in ODIs in his 15 years career. But the numbers fall short in defining his greatness. Duminy wants to be remembered as a selfless team-man.
The all-rounder said that for him it was never about the personal accolades, his main focus was always to deliver whatever the team required and he hopes that his teammates remember him for that. He added that his number won’t be next to the cricketing greats but he doesn’t mind that as he has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities he got and the experience he gained. He believes that in the long run he would prefer to be remembered for the person he is and not for his numbers.
Skipper Faf du Plessis said that Duminy’s presence in the dressing room has always been valuable, he was like a father figure for the team for the longest time, his wisdom has helped the team grow and he has been a mentor to each player. Du Plessis added that Duminy always talks to the players and ask how they are feeling and how is the team feeling. Faf also wished him luck for whatever lies ahead for him.
Duminy said that he will play some domestic cricket but his passion lies in the culture of teams and businesses, he added that he might come back in the team in a different role when the time is right.
After the match against Australia he thanked the fans for their support throughout his career. He later took to Twitter to thank his family, friends, teammates, coaches and his fans across the globe for all the love and support.
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Imran Tahir the star leg spinner also announced his retirement from One Day Internationals before the match and said he will be stepping on the field for one last ODI against Australia.
Cricket South Africa tweeted that the nation is grateful for Duminy’s and Tahir’s contribution to South Africa Cricket.