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“We’re going to have to put in another big performance to make sure we go 2-0 up”
South Africa all-rounder Jean Paul (JP) Duminy has announced that “it will be stupid of us to write” off India after they were absolutely annihilated by 141 runs in the first ODI in Johannesburg.
Duminy noted that India have a knack for bouncing back when they find themselves trailing in a series.
“It will be naive of us to write them off,” Duminy said. “There were some bumps and bruises, but like I said, it will be stupid of us to write them off.
“You only get to the top of the world rankings by putting in continuous performances like they’ve done, and I’m sure come tomorrow they’re going to bounce back, which we’ll have to be prepared for. We’re going to have to put in another big performance to make sure we go 2-0 up.”
Duminy stated that South Africa’s performance during the first ODI against India was completely different to the one they had put up in their recent 2-1 loss to Pakistan.
“Yes, the guys were really geared up for the challenge (in the first ODI),” Duminy said. “Beating India was going to be a challenge, especially with the form they brought into the series. So we were pretty fired up to start the series well, especially with a short three-game series. We’re pretty pleased to have done that.”
Duminy finished off by saying that the only way South Africa are going to stand a chance of winning the series is to ensure they give “100 per cent throughout the game”.
“I think if you don’t have that desire in each and every game, then you’re probably playing the wrong sport,” he added. “There are going to be days when it’s not as hyped up…It’s just about making sure you give your 100 per cent throughout the game.”