The South Africa head coach Mark Boucher admitted that the white-ball captain of the team, Temba Bavuma, struggled for runs in the recently concluded five-match T20I series against India. However, Boucher feels that Bavuma’s real struggle was only against pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
The five-match T20I series between India and South Africa ended in a 2-2 draw after the final game was washed out due to rain. Bavuma played as an opener for South Africa in the series and he registered the scores of 10, 35, 8 and 8 in the four innings he batted.
Meanwhile, the South Africa head coach said that almost every batter struggled against Bhuvneshwar in the T20I series. He added that the veteran Indian pacer becomes dangerous when he gets the swing.
“Temba struggled during the tour. There’s no doubt,” South Africa coach Mark Boucher was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“But he only really struggled against one bowler and that was [Bhuvneshwar] Kumar. Most of the guys struggled against him. Let’s give him credit where it’s due. Kumar is a fantastic bowler in those conditions,” he further added.
“There were times when the ball was swinging a lot which makes him very, very dangerous. Also, the ball was up and down a lot, especially with the new ball,” Boucher said.
With other bowlers Temba Bavuma’s strike rates are fine – Mark Boucher
South Africa look unbothered by the struggles of Bavuma and they will stick with him despite his poor run with the bat in recent times as the head coach Boucher said that the Proteas captain had a good strike rate against the bowlers other than Bhuvneshwar.
“We look at it as coaches and say how do we have a look at that particular bowler and how do we give him [Bavuma] more options? It’s quite difficult for him to change up during a series where you basically travel-play, travel-play.
“To come into a series, T20, as an opening batter, you’ve got to go from the get-go, that was always going to be quite tough for him, especially against Kumar. With other bowlers his strike rates are fine. There’s no issue there.”
Notably, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a stellar run in the recently concluded five-match T20I series against South Africa National Cricket Team as he bagged 6 wickets at an economy rate of 6.07 to win the Player of the Series Award.
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