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JP Duminy Among Leadership
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While South African teams have done poorly at the Champions League T20, that was not the main headlines in South African cricket this week.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) took the headlines by making JP Duminy's dream come true by making him the captain of the T20 that will play in Australia. JP did mention earlier this year that he would like to take on the responsibility of being a captain at some point in his career. CSA accelerated that wish by JP and now he will lead the team in Australia.
The team JP Duminy will lead will be without the main captain of the team Faf du Plessis as he will be given a rest with other senior players.
JP Duminy being made a captain is a no brainer of a team without Faf. Cricket South Africa need to make him the T20 vice captain on permanent basis. As mentioned earlier in one of our sport articles on this subject, was that JP and Steyn main not lead any of the South African but they are part of the team leadership. Steyn leads the bowling attack in all forms whether his playing or not, so he needs no title as the whole dressing room knows that Dale Steyn is the captain of the bowling unit. JP needs some sort of title and the only title that is available is the vice captain of the T20 team.
The truth is JP did not get this nod because of affirmative action in cricket but he actually deserves this trust from Cricket South Africa. I may be wrong but I doubt I am wrong, that he his South Africa's first spin genuine bowling all-rounder. Pat Symcox may have a 100 on his name but he was no batsman. Darren Crooks maybe handy with the bat but he was no batsman either. Johan Botha is a innovative batsman but his no top class batsman either. A spin all rounder like JP you tend to get them in the sub-continent with the likes of Raina (IND), Dilshan (SL), Shakib (BAN) and Hafeez (PAK). All four of those names have captained their respective countries.
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