first_imgDuminy said the mood in his country and within the Duminy said the mood in his country and within the team was upbeat ahead of their campaign that starts with the Super 10 Group 1 match against England here on March 18. “Quietly confident, is the phrase that comes to mind, especially in terms of the shorter format about how we have been playing. A lot of confidence, within our country and within our team, swirls around. “We are looking forward to this tournament and to the fact that we have had great success in this format over the last 18 months. There was a hiccup against Australia (team lost 1-2 after leading 1-0), but lots of positives emerged too,” he said. Asked whether there had been any pep talks within the group, he said there have been some but it all becomes irrelevant unless the performance on the field follows. “Within the squad we have had good conversation and the understanding of whats needed to play well in these conditions. You can have all the talk, but its performance on the field that counts.” He agreed that the connection many South African cricketers have with the Indian Premier League is beneficial to play in the conditions here but at the same time the opposition is varied. “Its always advantageous when you are playing in these kinds of tournaments and in these conditions. But the difference here is you will be playing certain teams in these conditions. “You wont necessarily be playing a lot of spin like against India or when you play in IPL. You have to understand what the opposition strategy would be against you in these conditions and be prepared for it,” Duminy said. The South African said he looked forward to bowl on Indian tracks. “I do enjoy bowling on Indian wickets. I know thats going to potentially bring a lot of opportunities for me especially in these conditions. Hopefully I can, given those opportunities, will make them count.” PTI SSR RSY SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img

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