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IPL Extras: 'De Villiers has changed the pattern of T20 batting'

May 06, 2014 20:01 IST

IPL Extras: 'De Villiers has changed the pattern of T20 batting'

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He has been one of the most consistent performers in T20 cricket but JP Duminy feels that it is his compatriot AB de Villiers, who has changed the landscape of T20 batsmanship with his innovative shot-making.

"AB de Villiers proves a case in point as to how the T20 game has evolved. Look at the number of shots he has and the kind of spectacular innings he played the other night (vs Sunrisers). His batting is not about just trying to hit straight out of the park. It's about being innovative and being able to understand what bowlers are trying to achieve," Duminy said.

He has scored 240 runs for Delhi at a healthy strike-rate of nearly 137 but Duminy feels that competing with De Villiers has never crossed his mind.

"I was never in competition with AB. We will both admit that we are happy to see each other doing well and even when we play against each other. We are great friends on and off the field. Best part we play for same team, so there has never been any competition with him. I have enjoyed batting with him since our U-19 days," the 30-year-old said.

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Image: AB de Villiers
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'Faf and AB love to lead by example with performances'

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Duminy, who has so far featured in 21 Tests, 115 ODIs and 55 T20 Internationals for South Africa, said that he tries to pick up finer points from players like AB, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli.

"There are no specific players that I look upto but I do keenly follow the way players like AB or MS approach their innings. For example, MS is a master at reading game situation and what is required from him," Duminy, who himself is one of the finest finishers in T20 circuit, said.

He has played under the leadership of Graeme Smith and is now playing under the likes of de Villiers and Faf du Plessis.

The gutsy left-hander would tell you that comparing leadership styles of Smith from Faf and AB is like chalk and cheese.

"Somebody like Graeme was very outspoken. His mere presence in the dressing room was inspiring. Faf and AB love to lead by example with performances. There are different ways of leading as per suitable styles. Graeme was an unbelievable leader but now it's a great opportunity for next generation to take on leadership roles," Duminy tried to put things into perspective.

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Image: AB de Villers
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Saurabh Tiwary ruled out of IPL with shoulder injury

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Burly Jharkhand batsman Saurabh Tiwary has been ruled out of the remainder of the seventh edition of Indian Premier League due to a shoulder injury.

The left-hander, who has not played a single game for Delhi Daredevils this season, has been ruled out as what was thought to be a shoulder niggle turned out into a full-fledged injury. He has been sent home and will probably go to NCA for a rehab programme.

"Tiwary was having problems with his throwing arm. He was having pain while throwing from the deep. It does not look like as if he would be featuring any further in this edition of the Indian Premier League," an IPL source said.

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Image: Saurabh Tiwary
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'I don't believe in blame games'

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Meanwhile, DD skipper Kevin Pietersen said that they can't take KKR lightly despite the team's poor show in the current edition.

"Any teams that lose consistently are more desperate to make a comeback and KKR will be no different. We can't afford to take them lightly," the skipper said.

Pietersen also defended his bowlers saying that it's impossible for them to maintain consistency considering the fickle nature of the format.

"I don't believe in blame games. It is very difficult for the bowlers in this format. I believe that we are very close to a win and it will come soon," said the skipper and coach Gary Kirsten also echoed his statements.

On a different note, Kirsten was asked about India's tour of England in July, and the South African was evasive.

"I had enjoyed my time as India coach for three years. This job gives me a chance to be with my family more. As far as the England tour is concerned, any away series is tough but I don't see any reason why India can't do well," Kirsten said.

Daredevils' South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir's visa problems have been sorted out but it is unlikely that he will feature against KKR.


Image: Kevin Pietersen
Photographs: BCCI

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