Temba Bavuma, South Africa’s limited-overs captain has opened up about his journey as a leader so far. The 32-year-old was appointed as the captain across white-ball formats in March 2021, following Quinton de Kock’s resignation.
Temba Bavuma has led the Proteas to series wins over the likes of West Indies, Sri Lanka, and India in his tenure so far. However, the group stage elimination in the 2021 T20 World Cup and a series loss to Bangladesh at home have been the low points in the recent past.
Temba Bavuma Opened Up On His Journey As Proteas White Ball Skipper
The right-handed batter will next be seen leading the Proteas in a five-match T20I series against India. Their build-up to the 2022 T20 World Cup continues in the subcontinent from June 9 onwards.
Admitting that it is a huge responsibility to lead the national side, especially with the off-field issues surrounding racism charges, Temba Bavuma said: “I understood at the beginning that the responsibility wouldn’t be an easy one, but if I look at the year and everything that we had to overcome.
“I wouldn’t have envisaged all of that either. As a team, we’ve been able to make good strides going forward, and as a leader within the team, for me there’s been a concerted effort to focus as much on the cricket and not find ourselves consumed by all the off-field matters.”
Temba Bavuma-led South Africa has arrived in India for a 5-match T20 series. Proteas arrived in Delhi on Thursday morning with a full-strength squad. IPL 2022 players in the likes of Quinton de Kock, David Miller, and Kagiso Rabada are already in India. India is currently on a 12-match winning streak in T20Is. If India beat South Africa in the 1st T20, they will create a new world record.
South Africa’s Dwaine Pretorius (Chennai Super Kings), Lungi Ngidi (Delhi Capitals), Anrich Nortje (Delhi Capitals), David Miller (Gujarat Titans), Quinton de Kock (Lucknow SuperGiants), Kagiso Rabada (Punjab Kings), Rassie van der Dussen (Rajasthan Royals), Faf du Plessis (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Aiden Markram (Sunrisers Hyderabad), and Marco Jansen (Sunrisers Hyderabad) have participated in IPL 2022.
South Africa will tap into the confidence of IPL 2022 champions Gujarat Titans’ David Miller when they kick off a busy 2022-23 season with five T20Is in India next week. David Miller, who was the sixth-highest run-scorer in IPL 2022, had his best IPL showing in 10 years and was particularly successful against spin, which has often been a weak spot in South Africa’s batting. The Proteas finisher scored 481 runs in 16 matches at an average of 68.71 and a strike rate of 142.73. He hit two half-centuries, including an unbeaten 94.
Temba Bavuma Enjoyed Working With Dean Elgar
Apart from leading the white-ball squads, Temba Bavuma also acts as the vice-captain of the Test team. Following a dismal seventh-place finish in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) cycle, the Proteas have made amends this time around. The Dean Elgar-led side is placed second in the table at the moment courtesy of series wins over India and Bangladesh.
Speaking about Dean Elgar’s no-nonsense approach when it comes to leadership, he said: “I’ve enjoyed working with Dean. I’ve always enjoyed him, from the time that I joined the team.
“He’s a tough character and he has really brought that no-nonsense approach to the team. He calls a spade a spade, whether you’re a player or whether you’re management. He really puts you in a position where you need be accountable for whatever your role is in the team, and I know the guys have warmed up to him.”
The Proteas currently have 60 points after playing seven matches in the ongoing cycle so far. Their next assignment comes in the form of a tour of England, after which they will compete against West Indies and Australia to wrap up their schedule. The Proteas will play the first of five T20Is against India in Delhi on 9 June, less than two weeks after the end of the IPL. The two teams last played a T20I series in September 2019.
South Africa squad for India series: Temba Bavuma (C), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie van der Dussen and Marco Jansen