Duminy: Next season will be much better


Delhi Daredevils captain JP Duminy is confident that if the franchise keeps the same group of players next season, they'll be able to do much better than this season, where they're set to finish second-last.

Delhi finished the previous two season in last place, so this was an improvement, albeit a small one, and Duminy hopes that next year they'll be able to build on a winning culture and learn how to end games strongly.

Duminy, whose side won five matches out of 13, told Cricinfo: "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. 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. 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."

Duminy was a rarity in the IPL as a non-Indian skipper, though that can be put down to the coach being former Proteas mentor Gary Kirsten, and while he felt pressure to do well, Duminy enjoyed the experience.

He said: "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."