South Africa captain Temba Bavuma is keen to receive playing time on the India tour, which will be followed by a visit to Australia in the next two months, to score runs and regain confidence after a tough three months on the sidelines due to an elbow injury.
Bavuma revealed his frustrations of being resigned to the sidelines in the last three months owing to an elbow injury.
On Friday, South Africa departs for a six-match tour of India where they will play the hosts in three T20Is and the same number of ODIs beginning on September 28 in Thiruvananthapuram. After that, they will immediately travel to Australia for the T20 World Cup (October 16 to November 13).
Bavuma and the rest of his team have been engaged in team-building activities during their recent stay in Cape Town. The captain has been out since suffering an elbow injury against India in the fourth Twenty20 International at Rajkot in June. As a result, he was unable to travel with the Proteas on their multi-format tour of England.
The last few months have been the toughest: Temba Bavuma
Bavuma sustained the elbow injury during his team’s June tour of India and missed the previous three months of play. And before going to Australia for the World Cup, he returns in time for South Africa’s next trip to India for three T20Is and three ODIs.
“From an injury point of view, the last few months have been the worst, It was undoubtedly annoying. It was mentally challenging to go through that time not really knowing when my elbow would recover.”
“But now that I am here, my elbow feels fine, and even though I decided against having surgery, I am happy and grateful to have the chance to play for the Proteas once more,” Temba Bavuma said.
The India tour starts off with T20Is from September 28 to October 4, followed by three ODIs from October 6 to 11.