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.
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:
“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.”
“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).