South Africa's promising youngster Jean-Paul Duminy is eagerly waiting to take tips from champion batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya during his stint with the Mumbai Indians in the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) in South Africa.
"I am really looking forward to playing with those players, the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya," he has been quoted as saying in the South African media.
"I looked up to them as a young boy and to be playing alongside them is a great honour. I am definitely going to try and learn as much as I can from them and get to know them as well as I can," he added.
Insisting that the youngsters like him were really looking forward to the cash rich Twenty20 tournament despite a heavy schedule, Duminy said, he would have loved to have known the players more closely.
"It will be a big step for the young guys and I am sure it will be a good learning curve for everyone. For a lot of youngsters, their heroes are playing in IPL and to be able to watch them live at some of the venues is going to be a great experience," Duminy said.
"However, It's just such a rush though. We play our last ODI match against Australia on April 17 and the next day I play for Mumbai Indians. It would have been a lot better if there was time to mingle with the guys before, just to know everybody. But unfortunately the circumstances won't allow that, so I have to get into it as soon as possible," he added.