Last week, the South African Men’s cricket team landed in India for their three T20Is and as many ODIs. The campaign will begin today (Wednesday) in Thiruvananthapuram. This will be both the team’s last opportunity to test them ahead of the T-20 World Cup. Ahead of the first T20I, Temba Bavuma, the South Africa skipper assured that his personal issues won’t affect his team’s performances. Recently, Bavuma has had tough times with his selection in the SA20 League. He couldn’t manage a spot in any team in the newbie league of this country.
As quoted by IOL, Bavuma said,
“My focus is on the team. I still have a role as the captain, and that is to lead and serve the team. My focus is on the World Cup, and making sure we are in the best space possible going into that tournament. Everything else, I try not to give it too much attention and energy. At the moment, I am just trying to serve the team as best as possible.”
“I’m here to make sure the guys are in the best space possible going into that big World Cup tournament. All the other distractions, side-shows, that’s stuff I will deal with on a personal level. But being here within the team, as long as I am still wearing the shirt, it will be to serve and lead the team.”
Temba Bavuma to utilize the series to test themselves ahead of the T-20 WC
Bavuma moreover gave the series utmost importance. He revealed his plans to utilize it with the T-20 WC knocking in three weeks time.
Temba Bavuma said,
“This is our last series before the World Cup. We will be looking to fill whatever gaps there are within the team, we have guys who have been playing lots of cricket, so we will be trying to manage their intensity. And we have got guys who need some cricket under their belts, and we will be looking to give them an opportunity.”
“Obviously, those are big names with big pedigree behind them, and obviously as you saw in their last while their performances have boosted the confidence of the team. We expect to come leading from the front, and good for us to come up against the best. You expect those guys to bring a lot of confidence and X-factor into the team. I expect the series to be a good one, a competitive one. We were challenged in all aspects of our game (back in July), and I think we answered it quite well.”
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