The veteran South African all-rounder, JP Duminy has announced his retirement date from ODI cricket. He said that he will hang his boots after the 2019 World Cup in England later this year. However, he has also revealed that he will continue playing in the shortest format. The allrounder had already retired from Test cricket in September 2017 after featuring in 46 matches.
Describing his retirement, Duminy said, “The last few months on the sidelines have given me an opportunity to re-assess my career going forward and to plot some goals I’d like to achieve in the future. While a decision like this is never easy, I also feel that it is the right time for me to pass on the baton.”
He further added, “I will still be available to play international and domestic T20 cricket, but would also like to invest more time towards my growing family, who are my number one priority. I have been privileged to live out my dream playing a sport I love, and I am forever grateful for the support I have received from my teammates, coaches, family, friends, and fans throughout the years.”
Duminy has played 193 ODIs so far – scoring 5047 runs at an average of 37.39 – in addition to bagging 68 wickets. The 2019 World Cup will be Duminy’s third appearance in the tournament, having featured for South Africa in 2011 in the subcontinent and in 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.
The veteran all-rounder’s best ODI knock of 150 off 122 balls came in 2013 against the Netherlands in a one-off ODI in Amstelveen. In September 2016, he bagged his best ODI figures – 4 for 16 – in a one-off ODI against Ireland in Benoni.
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Duminy’s announcement comes close on the heels of Imran Tahir’s, who also revealed that the mega-event in England will be his last in ODI colors.