Temba Bavuma: South Africa captain Temba Bavuma feels that the upcoming five-match T20I series against India will definitely be important for his team. They will be playing together for the first time since the conclusion of the ICC T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last year. Both India and South Africa were eliminated from the mega event in the Super 10 stage. But the Proteas had a better tournament, winning four out of five matches and were knocked out of the semi-finals due to net run rate.
South African captain
This will be the third time that South Africa will play a bilateral T20I series in India since October 2015 (won 2–0 by the Proteas) and September 2019 (1–1 draw). Bavuma was quoted as saying by ‘The Cricket Monthly’, ‘These series (five matches against India) are definitely important. As a T20 team, this is the first time we will be playing together after the World Cup. I think the experience of being together, we remind ourselves of the good things that we did. How we play cricket and give opportunities to new players who are within the team.
‘Can achieve anything’
He said, ‘If we can be better than our previous performance, then we can achieve anything. But there are actually some things that we need to improve. If I look at my bowling attack, it doesn’t seem to lack anything. But the batting needs to improve. Bavuma admitted that he hasn’t watched IPL 2022 much but is happy to see his teammates get a chance to play in the tournament.
Told these players special
He said, ‘It was good to see some of our players performing well. Kagiso Rabada is on his way to take the fastest 100 wickets faster than Lasith Malinga. It’s a matter of pride and either Marco Janssen or Aiden Markram has performed brilliantly. He further said, ‘Even the young players who have shown their ability. There is a lot of talk about Dewald Brevis. He is the future of our cricket and Tristan Stubbs is getting his chance. Nice to see those players perform.
When asked about his hopes of playing in the IPL, Bavuma said that he would like to experience life in the extraordinary T20 league.