Following the conclusion of their Cricket World Cup campaign, JP Duminy announced that he was hanging up his boots for good in the international scene after having initially intending on playing T20I cricket.
Duminy’s career was a frustrating one with many fans believing he never lived up to the potential he showed in his breakthrough series in Australia all those years ago.
Speaking after the announcement, Duminy was quick to downplay his personal records maintaining that he always only wanted what was best for the team.
“Whatever the team required. That was kind of my mindset,” Duminy said. “Yes, personal accolades are great but it was never about…whatever the team needed at any given time, that was always my main focus. I hope my team-mates saw that and that’s something I will be remembered for. The numbers produced are not going to go up against some of the best, and that’s okay with me. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity and the experience I have had. Again, in 10 years’ time, it’s not about the numbers you want to be remembered for. It’s about the person you are.”
Faf du Plessis, on the other hand, remained reluctant to give a definite answer about his future within the national set-up.
Pressed on the issue following his side’s victory against Australia, du Plessis replied: “I don’t know right now. I love playing for South Africa, but the big thing for me is to have purpose as a leader.
“I don’t want to just play games for the sake of playing games. When I play I want to make sure I’m motivated to keep doing it and right now sitting here I am still, very, very motivated.
“I decided way before this World Cup that I was going to play, win or lose, good or bad, and then after the tournament sit down and relook at what how hungry I am, how motivated, and what are Cricket South Africa’s plans. Those things will happen over the next three or four weeks. But I really enjoyed this game, so it will be hard to walk away from that feeling and playing international cricket. The decision will probably be decided in front of a fireplace with