South Africa veteran all-rounder JP Duminy has announced that he will be retiring from one-day cricketer after the upcoming 2019 World Cup scheduled to be held later this year in England and Wales. However, Duminy will continue to play T20Is for South Africa. Cricket South Africa (CSA) released a statement on their official website which revealed the big decision.
Since making his ODI debut in 2004 against Sri Lanka, Duminy has so far played 193 ODIs, amassing an impressive tally of 5,047 runs at a decent average of 37.39. He has smashed 27 half-centuries and 4 hundred. Besides his great batting numbers, the spin bowling all-rounder has also scalped 68 wickets at an economy rate of 5.35. Earlier in September 2017, Duminy had already retired from the longest format of the game, after playing 46 Test matches.
The last few months have given me an opportunity
Duminy has missed a lot of cricket in the recent time due to disappointing injury which he sustained in October 2018. The all-rounder recently made his comeback in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka, where he scored an unbeaten 21-ball 31.He revealed that the long layoff period provided him with an opportunity to re-assess his future plans. He mentioned that there are a lot of goals which he wants to achieve in the near future.
“The last few months on the sidelines have given me an opportunity to re-assess my career going forward and to plot some goals I’d like to achieve in the future,” quoted JP Duminy on the huge decision.
These type of decisions are never easy to take
Duminy further stated that he feels this is the right time for him to pass on the baton. He noted that he wants to give more time to his family. The Proteas all-rounder also thanked his coaches, teammates, family and friends for their support in his cricketing career.
“While a decision like this is never easy, I also feel that it is the right time for me to pass on the baton. I will still be available to play international and domestic T20 cricket, but would also like to invest more time towards my growing family, who are my number one priority. I have been privileged to live out my dream playing a sport I love, and I am forever grateful for the support I have received from my teammates, coaches, family, friends and fans throughout the years,” he added.