South Africa National Cricket Team white-ball captain Temba Bavuma has stated that facing the new ball bowlers in the Indian conditions is going to be challenging for the Proteas batters in the upcoming limited-overs series against the Men In Blue.
The South Africa tour of India 2022 consists of a three-match ODI series and a three-match T20I series. The T20I games will be played on September 28, October 2 and October 4 in Thiruvananthapuram, Guwahati and Indore. The ODI games are scheduled to be played in Ranchi, Lucknow and Delhi on October 6, October 9 and October 11.
At a pre-match press conference, Temba Bavuma said that not losing wickets in the powerplay overs is going to be crucial for the Proteas.
“Facing the new ball bowlers (in India) is quite challenging, they make the ball to swing and move in quite a bit, a bit more than what we are accustomed to in South Africa. That’s obviously a challenge you have to manoeuvre around,” the South African white-ball skipper said on the eve of the opening T20I.
“The key is to limit the damage and not allow the wickets to fall and try and get the momentum going. But yeah, Bhuvi and Bumrah they always challenge you with the new ball up front,” he added.
Rohit and Virat are big names with big pedigree behind them – Temba Bavuma
Proteas captain further talked about the star India batters Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli and asserted:
“Obviously, those — Rohit and Virat — are big names with big pedigree behind them, and obviously as you saw in their last while their performances have boosted the confidence of the team.
“We expect to come leading from the front, and good for us to come up against the best. You expect those guys to bring a lot of confidence and X-factor into the team.”
Temba Bavuma asserted that they were tested and challenged when they locked horns with the Men In Blue in the 5-match T20I series in June.
“The last time we were here we were tested, we were challenged, but I think we answered it quite well. We expect this to be a good series, a competitive one as well. This is the last series before the World Cup, we will be looking to fill up the gaps whatever they are,” he added.
Bavuma also said that his role in the team is to make sure that everyone is in the “best space possible” heading into the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.
“I’m here to make sure the guys are in the best space possible going into that big World Cup tournament. All the other distractions, side-shows as I would call it, I will deal with on a personal level.
“But being here within the team, as long as I am still wearing the shirt, it will be to serve and lead the team as best as I can,” the 32-year-old said.
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