After getting the Man of the Series award in the T20 series, JP Duminy believes he can contribute even more as South Africa and India shift their attention to the ODI series which starts on Sunday.
South Africa wrapped up the T20 series 2-0 after the third game was abandoned on Thursday without a ball being balled due to a wet outfield.
Duminy was the star performer for the visitors in both games, playing a match-winning knock of 68 not out in the first match and an unbeaten 30 in the second, on both occasions guiding South Africa to emphatic victories by seven and six wickets respectively.
‘I’ll put the unbeaten 68 down as one of my better international innings in the shorter format,’ Duminy said. ‘I believe there is a lot more to come from myself.
‘I can still contribute a lot more, not only with the bat but with the ball as well. I guess the key for me is just to stay hungry to perform for the team, putting in big performances. That first game is definitely a step in the right direction for my confidence, especially in the way we finished [chasing 200 for victory].’
It was the perfect start to the 72-day tour and also the ideal preparation for next year’s T20 World Cup, which will also be played in India.
‘The results we got here now it will give us a lot of confidence going into the T20 series against England and Australia and the World Cup next year.’
There is no doubt that India will want to bounce back quickly in the first of five ODI’s, and Duminy acknowledged they are braced for the onslaught.
‘As a team we definitely expect them to put in big performances in the two remaining series’. We know it was important for us in the way we started, but we are under no illusions thinking it is going to be a walkover in the ODI series.
‘We know India are a good ODI team so it’s again important for us to start well.’