Sydney – The words “you hero, you superstar” will forever be linked with JP Duminy. The high praise, of course, came from television commentator Mark Nicholas who recognised the significance of Duminy’s maiden century at the MCG that paved the way for South Africa’s first-ever Test series win in Australia seven years ago.
Nicholas was in studio again on Wednesday during South Africa’s World Cup quarter-final with Sri Lanka.
But unfortunately the charismatic Englishman was not at the microphone to provide another timeless description of Duminy’s latest momentous moment in South African cricket history when the off-spinner became the first Protea to claim a hat trick at a World Cup at the SCG.
In fact, it would have been interesting to note whether Nicholas would even have known that Duminy had indeed followed Charl Langeveldt as only the second South African to take an ODI hat trick – the on-air commentators Harshe Bogle and Duminy’s former captain Shaun Pollock were certainly none the wiser. The confusion came about due to Angelo Mathews being dismissed off the final ball of the previous over and Nuwan Kulasekara and Tharindu Kaushal the first two balls of the next over.
However, there was no doubt that Duminy was aware of his achievement when Kaushal “played all around a straight ball” judging by his manic celebration when umpire Rod Tucker raised his finger to uphold the appeal.