Just give Duminy a break, says Dravid
Rahul Dravid has suggested that time away from the game may be beneficial for underperforming JP Duminy, writes Mahlatse Mphahlele
Former India captain and batting superstar Rahul Dravid has suggested that time away from the game may be beneficial for underperforming Proteas batsman JP Duminy.
The 33-year old Duminy was this week released from SA’s squad with two Test matches of the series against England remaining in a move that could signal the end of his Test career.
Dravid‚ who is in SA as coach of India A for the triangular ODI series against their South African and Afghanistan counterparts‚ described Duminy as a "quality person and player".
"Maybe he needs to take some time away from the game‚ a bit of a break might be helpful for him‚" Dravid said. "I really hope he does bounce back and overcomes whatever is holding him back at the moment."
Dravid revealed that Duminy pulled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year because he wanted to rest ahead of the long South African programme.
The South Africans played in the recent ICC Champions Trophy and after the tour of England comes to an end in August‚ they will host Bangladesh‚ Australia and India.
"I have worked with him [Duminy] at the IPL and I know what type of a player he is and what he is capable of.
"To be fair to him‚ he rang me up before the IPL and he pulled out of the Delhi franchise, which was tough on us.
"It was hard to have him pulling out in the last minute. It was not easy but we understood where he came from. He said he was tired but really wanted to do well for SA," Dravid said.
"Unfortunately players go through a bad run of form and sometimes they stop enjoying the game."
The left-hander played his first match for SA against Australia in 2008 and has played 46 Tests.
He scored 2,103 runs at an average of 32.85‚ which included six centuries.
In recent months‚ Duminy has struggled to hit top form with his 15 completed Test innings yielding only one century.