South Africa’s Temba Bavuma Ready To Bat At Any Position
South African batsman Temba Bavuma has insisted on batting at any position for Cape Cobras if he gets an opportunity.
The 27-year old is one of the young talents for South Africa and has made a breakthrough into the national team last year.
However, Bavuma is keen to develop his game and will be getting back to his grass root club in Cape Town.
“I know they have been promoted to Premier League status and it would be good to get involved with them whenever there is a free weekend available,” he said.
Bavuma has already played 24 test matches for South Africa and also was part of 113 first class games so far for Gauteng at age 18, nine seasons ago.
He has played as an opener for South Africa in India and has also played at four, five and six positions in his test career so far. But he has revealed that the decision is up to head coach Ashwell Prince and skipper Dane Piedt.
“My words to the coach has always been: you can pick me in any position, as long as I play and fill the boots,” he added.
Championship domestic teams habitually strike ten to 12 centuries at first-class level to win trophies. Bavuma believes Cobras have enough experienced players to score the hundreds for them.
“We have the ability and the experience to score those hundreds. Just think of players like Andrew Puttick, Justin Ontong and Stiaan van Zyl. They have done it before. And then you have players like Jason Smith and Zubayr Hamza also in the mix,” Bavuma adds.
“But just as those centuries are needed, you also have to capture 20 wickets. So having bowlers who can take 40 or 50 scalps in a season is the telling factor,” he added.
Bavuma is keen to improve his skills as a batsman and is not putting any figures to his goals.
“I just want to get better at my skills and also share that with the younger batsmen. If you are playing at Newlands and you perform, the crowds will turn up.”
Speaking about the imminent return of AB de Villiers to test team, Bavuma said:
“His return will do the team and the younger batsmen a world of good. I like the way he goes about his business. He understands his role in helping the younger players. I learn from him just by watching him bat.”
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