Excitement and fear as fit-again, Temba Bavuma prepares to lead the T20 World Championship

Excitement and fear as fit-again: The thumb “is obviously not 100% right now, but I’m building it,” he says during interaction with the team press.

Temba Bavuma is on track to lead South Africa in the T20 World Cup later this month. Bavuma, who broke his thumb in Sri Lanka last month, returns to the networks four weeks after the operation. He is expected to be in top form for the team’s first preparation match against Afghanistan on October 18.

“I started batting a bit yesterday just to feel it out,” Bavuma said during a press conference. “According to the medical team, everything is still on schedule. I am quite happy with where it’s at. It’s obviously not 100% at the moment. But I am building it up and everyone is happy with the progress thus far.”

If all goes according to plan, Bavuma will be ready not only to lead South Africa for the first time.

Temba Bavuma and Praveen Jayawickrama get into a tangle | ESPNcricinfo.com

In a major tournament but also make his first appearance at a world event. The occasion did not escape him.

“Looking at the position I am in. I acknowledge the responsibility when leaving South African shores and knowing what I am responsible for,” he said. “And the thinking that when you come back from South Africa, things could be different; your life could be different.

“From a team point of view, it’s excitement and the anxiety of experiencing something you haven’t come across. But I think it’s more exciting at the moment.”

South Africa enters the tournament at number five on the ICC charts. And after three consecutive victories in the T20I series over the West Indies.

Temba Bavuma plays one behind point | ESPNcricinfo.com

Ireland and Sri Lanka. Bavuma completely missed the last of them after getting injured at the ODI. But kept an eye on what was happening from home.

“It was frustrating being on the side, but as much as I was on the side, I was quite engaged with the team,” he said. “I had conversations with the coach and Keshav (Maharaj, the stand-in captain), just to get to their thinking, their understanding, and sharing my own ideas. I was more involved than I normally would be if I was on the side.”

He was particularly pleased with South Africa’s professionalism in sweeping a struggling Sri Lankan side 3-0. “It wasn’t so much the victories but just the way they went about their business. They were super clinical with the bat and with the ball, they were very, very ruthless.”

Despite these results, South Africa’s inconsistent form across formats and administrative turmoil over the past two years means that not many expect them to leave the group stage at the T20 World Cup when they face Australia, England, West Indies, and two heats and Bavuma. knows. On the one hand, the lack of high expectations can ease the pressure, on the other hand, Bavuma’s role as the first black African captain and the associated weight increase the burden.

This is the kind of language used by another black African captain, the Springboks Siya Kolisi, who led the team to victory in the 2019 World Cup, a series that beat the British and Irish Lions this winter and returned to the top. rugby. World ranking with a 31-29 win over the New Zealand All Blacks yesterday. Kolisi and Bavuma share aspects of identity and a management agency, Roc Nation, and Bavuma hopes to draw inspiration from Kolisi as South Africa heads to the T20 World Cup.

South Africa will arrive in the UAE at midnight and begin a six-day quarantine before being allowed to exercise. The seven squad members who are with the IPL will join them. When they are exempt from this tournament and also play in the United Arab Emirates. South Africa will play the opening match of the Super 12 phase of the T20 World Cup against Australia on October 23.

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