One of the most experienced and bankable South African player Jean-Paul Duminy has made it official that he will be bidding adieu to the 50-over format of the game after the conclusion of the 2019 edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.
The 34-year-old cricketer, who has 193 One-Day Internationals to his name, was included in South Africa’s ODI squad following a lengthy lay-off from the international cricket due to a shoulder injury.
The cricketer confirmed the news of his retirement and shared a press release, which stated, “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 would like to achieve in the future. 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.”
Adding, “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 fan throughout the years.”
Duminy is second Proteas player who has announced his retirement after the highly prestigious tournament. A few days back experienced leg-spinner Imran Tahir also announced that he will hang his boots after the World Cup in England & Wales.
The announcement means that Duminy will play in his final One-Day International in South Africa at his home ground of Newlands on Saturday when the Proteas take on Sri Lanka in the fifth and final ODI of the series.
In 193 ODIs for his nation, he has scored 5047 runs at an average of 37.39. He also has 68 wickets to his name. The upcoming World Cup will his third appearance in the coveted tournament.
He concluded his statement by saying, “While a decision like this is never easy, I also feel that it is the right time for me to pass on the baton.”
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar