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Temba Bavuma’s astute captaincy

Temba Bavuma has done a good job after replacing Quinton de Kock as South Africa’s white ball captain.

Doing a decent job

It was a controversial move to name Temba Bavuma the captain of South Africa’s ODI and T20I teams as he wasn’t a permanent fixture of the side, particularly in T20 cricket.

Although he hasn’t shone with the bat as well as he would have liked to and has suffered a couple of freak injuries as well, Temba Bavuma has done a decent job of being South Africa’s white ball captain.

He led the team to a brilliant T20 World Cup campaign in 2021 when they missed out on a semi-final berth due to the net run rate against eventual tournament winners Australia.

Even in their first match against Australia which they lost by 5 wickets, the team was in a winning situation several times and had they taken their chances, they would have taken Australia’s place in the semi finals.

Starting slow

This is what Temba Bavuma had to say after the team slipped up against the Aussies.

“We always talk about us being resilient and there was opportunity. Big effort from the guys to get us to the last over. We just didn’t get enough with the bat and it was always going to be tough for the bowlers, and it was a good effort from them to get it to this stage. Australia bowled well. They assessed the length well and hit that back of a length. Their spinners too bowled tight. Aiden held the innings and got us to a decent total. As much as it was a day that didn’t go to plan, we can take positives. We showed fight. We spoke during the half time that we won’t give up.”

Good tactical leadership

The faith he showed in the likes of Keshav Maharaj and Dwaine Pretorius played a major role in South Africa turning out to be a balanced unit in the showpiece event.

Bavuma was understandably disappointed when the team was knocked out of the competition despite a victory against England.

“The win was important. Bitter-sweet end for us. We achieved what we wanted to – win the game but just couldn’t win it big enough. At the start of the tournament, the net run rate was never a factor for us, we just wanted to win games. “

Saksham Mishra

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