Duminy wants Delhi Daredevils to close out more games
Delhi Daredevils captain JP Duminy wants his team to be more clinical in order to get more wins under their belt. Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Duminy spoke about his team falling short at times in closing out matches with both bat and ball.
"It is going to take guys some time to find confidence - not in their own game - but in the team's strategic plan, in closing out games. If I can pinpoint one area where we've fallen short, it's in closing out games with ball and bat."
This is the first time since 2012, DD have registered five wins and the new skipper is ready to take the positives from this campaign. "A few of them [matches] could have gone our way. First two games of the season [against Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals] were a great opportunity for us to win,” he said. “If we had got over the line there, we would have gained a lot of confidence going into the tournament.”
"There's a few things that we're going to look at and I just see it as great opportunities and learning for us. There has been some good stuff that we have produced. Barring the win against Sunrisers, all our four other wins have been pretty convincing. That's a big positive for us going forward."
"After the season we had, we knew we were up against it this year. We had a massive shift in terms of the players that we had from last season to this season.
"We knew it was going to be a challenge because we are a new group of people trying to set up an environment that gives players opportunities to be successful. So, I think it is an ongoing process. I don't think it is an overnight thing where you can set up something which is going to be sustainable for a long time. We are on the right track in terms of the processes we have put in place and I think the results would show."
On the South African contigent at DD:
"It's a South African structure as most of the management is South African. So, there's going to be some South African way about it, but that does not mean that it is the only way of going forward. Gary will be the first to admit that he is learning as well in T20 cricket. We are all learning as we go along. The game is changing every year. Guys are becoming more innovative in the way they're going about it with bat and ball. So, no one closes themselves off to learning new things and finding out new information."
On being named Captain this season:
"I had a fair idea before the start of the season that there was a possibility of that happening. [But] with my lack of captaincy experience, I was a little bit taken aback by it. I was overwhelmed that they were considering me. I looked at it as a great opportunity to see what I'm about as a leader. I've thoroughly enjoyed the job though the results haven't gone the way we would have liked. Just being able to connect with my team mates and the management in the best way possible has been great."