India face a formidable South Africa in their final ICC World T20 warm-up game here on Saturday in Mumbai at the Wankhede stadium, a contest which promises to be a tough test of the hosts strengths before the tournament’s main draw begins on March 15. Experienced South Africa all-rounder Jean Paul Duminy doesn’t think there is any additional pressure on him and his team mates going into the ICC World T20 Championships because the Proteus have invariably come unstuck in these major events.
JP Duminy told reporters on Friday:
“Pressure is always there but there’s no additional pressure. In the past I would like to think that we had buckled under pressure. But in the last T20 and 50-over World Cups we lost in the semi-finals, yes, but were outplayed by better teams”
“We have made big strides. We have competed in those semi-finals and given ourselves a good chance of winning, but unfortunately not got over the line. Hopefully, this time around if we get that opportunity again we would come out on the better side”
“If you are ranked in the top 3 or 4 you give yourselves a good chance coming into this sort of tournament. We are quietly confident that we stand a good chance”
“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, but lots of positives emerged too”
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.