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A Unique Player Locally But Not Internationally

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South Africa since their readmission into international cricket they have had many spin bowling allrounders but JP Duminy finds himself in a unique situation where he can’t be compared to those allrounders.

Pat Symcox, Derek Crookes, Nicky Boje, Johan Botha and Robin Peterson are the names that quickly come to mind when it comes to spin bowling allrounders that have represented South Africa since 1990. All of these allrounders have one thing common though. They are all considered to be bowling all-rounders and JP is more of a batting allrounder.

It is fair to mention that Boje is the only spin bowling allrounder to get a century in ODI cricket. Duminy sits with 4 centuries compared to the 2 by Boje and Duminy averages 40 and that is 14 more than his closest rival in Boje in the list.

Before you think Duminy's bowling figures are lacking compared to the bowlers before him. Boje and Robin Peterson averaged 35 and the trusted Johan Botha averaged 40. Duminy averages 40 as well and his over economy rate and strike rate are par as the other players that are mentioned in this list.

The truth is Duminy is not only unique but also the best spin bowling allrounder that the Proteas have ever had.

Today's limited overs cricket requires such players like Duminy because almost all of the Test playing nations have witnessed the benefits of having a batting spin allrounder in their teams. New Zealand has Kane Williamson, Pakistan Mohammed Hafeez, West Indies Marlon Samuels, Bangladesh Shakib Al san, India Ashwin & Jadeja (make one batsman), Sri lanka Dilshan and England Joe Root & Moeen Ali.

This tactic can be credited to the subcontinent teams because over the years they have used a lot of batman that can bowl in their matches example India used the part time bowling of Tendulkar, Ganguly.

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