IPL 2014 news May 25, 2014

'We need to look in the mirror' - Duminy


Disappointed at Delhi Daredevils' performance this season, JP Duminy has said his team will need to look in the mirror, identify their mistakes and improve so they can come back strong next season. Daredevils ended their campaign with their ninth defeat in a row as Kings XI Punjab thrashed them by seven wickets.

"There are a lot of lessons to be learned," Duminy said. "No doubt, one of our poor seasons in terms of brand of cricket. So as much we want to forget it, I think we need to really look at ourselves in the mirror, take responsibility, and see where we can improve as players and how we can represent Delhi a lot better in the coming season."

Asked what exactly went wrong for Daredevils, Duminy said, "On the whole we just didn't put it all together. When we batted well, we never bowled well and when we bowled well we didn't bat well. At times, we let ourselves down in the field as well.

"Our skills needs to be improved dramatically if we want to compete in this tournament and that includes myself. You know, we can all improve in every area of our games.

"We are professional cricketers who take pride in our performance, not only as individuals but also as a team. Even though we all come from different countries, when you cross that rope you are playing for the badge that you are wearing. Very disappointing this season has been, but we need to take out lesson from it."

Duminy, however, said there were a few positives Delhi could take out of the tournament, most notably the spirit within the team.

"As a team we have connected well. Nobody has blamed each other for dismal performances," he said. "Throughout the tournament, we stuck together as a team and encouraged each other each and every day. We are probably one of the few teams which is a completely fresh team, nobody was retained.

"Obviously there are a lot of different cultures within the group, so creating friendships and creating relationships between each other was obviously a plus."