JP Duminy Biography
The name Jean-Paul would have made even the most ardent cricket lover think of Sartre: JP Duminy changed that, especially after the role he played in the record chase at WACA (where South Africa had chased down a nigh-impossible 414) and the MCG epic in his first two Tests.
South Africa were reduced to 184 for seven following Australia’s 394; Duminy added 67 with Paul Harris and a mammoth 180 with Dale Steyn, and was last out for 166 as South Africa managed a 65-run lead. They won by nine wickets, and Australia’s home fortress was conquered.
Duminy lost his track thereafter, and found himself out of the Test side more often than in. An excellent 123 at St George’s Park in 2013-14 helped him find a place back; always an underrated bowler, he played as the lone spinner in the next Test and returned a four-wicket haul. The performances may have helped him to cement a spot.
South Africa’s exceptionally strong batting line-up may have prevented Duminy from being a permanent fixture in the Test side, but with the retirement of Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis the slightest glimmer of hope has appeared for Duminy. Whether he can make the most of the opportunity is up to him, but as things stand, he is the best option South Africa have.
While Duminy’s Test form had wavered, he became a strong force to contend with in the shorter versions with his explosive strokeplay, his ability to pull off close chases, and slow, accurate off-breaks. He is also an outstanding fielder in the 30-yard circle.