Temba Bavuma
Temba Bavuma. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Temba Bavuma, South Africa’s limited-overs skipper, has spoken out about his experiences as a leader thus far. Following Quinton de Kock’s resignation, the 32-year-old was made captain throughout all white-ball formats in March 2021.

So far, Bavuma has ended up leading the Proteas to series victories over the West Indies, Sri Lanka, and India.

Temba Bavuma
Temba Bavuma (Image: ICC)

However, the current low marks have indeed been group stage elimination in the 2021 T20 World Cup and a series loss to Bangladesh at home. “It won’t be easy,” says Temba Bavuma of skippering South Africa.

Recognizing that leading the national team is a heavy commitment, especially given the off-field problems surrounding racial prejudice charges, On The Cricket Monthly, Bavuma stated:

Temba Bavuma
Temba Bavuma (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I knew from the start that the role would be difficult, but looking back on the year and all of it we had to conquer, I couldn’t have predicted it all. We’ve made good progress as a squad, and as a leader within the team, I’ve made efforts to focus as much on the cricket as possible and not become distracted by all the off-field issues.”

‘I’ve had a good time working with Dean Elgar’: Temba Bavuma

The Dean Elgar-led side currently sits second in the World Test Championship table, thanks to a series of victories over India and Bangladesh.

“I’ve had a good time working with Dean. I’ve always liked him since I first came into the team. He’s a strong character who has helped bring a no-nonsense attitude to the team.”

Temba Bavuma, Dean Elgar, South Africa
Temba Bavuma, Dean Elgar. (Photo: Getty Images)

“He keeps calling a spade a spade, regardless of whether you’re a player or management. He truly forces you to be responsible for whatever role you play on the squad, and I understand the lads have fully prepared for him.”

India will face South Africa in a five-match T20I series beginning on Thursday (June 9).

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