Captain South Africa Temba Bavuma feels facing the spinning ball in a power match will be one of the main challenges for his team in the three-match T20I series against India, which begins at Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. India leaned on their batting prowess to recover from 0-1 to win 2-1 in a just-concluded three-match T20I series against Australia. The focus will now turn to an identical match to Proteas, the final kit rehearsal for both teams ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia next month.
“Facing new pitchers (in India) is quite a challenge, they get the ball to wobble and travel quite a distance, a bit more than we’re used to in South Africa. . It’s obviously a challenge you have to maneuver around,” the South African white ball captain said on the eve of the opening day of T20I.
The marks in India’s speed bowling armor were badly exposed in the T20I three-game match against Australia.
Harshal Patelwho is considered a death in comparison to the jet, is also a huge disappointment and the South African captain knows what it takes to succeed in India.
“It’s important to limit the damage and not allow the sliders to drop and try to gain momentum. But yes, Bhuvi and Bumrah, they always challenge you with the new ball up front,” he added.
Bhuvneshwar, by the way, is rested for the pre-World Cup series as the speed workload will be shared with Bumrah, Umesh YadavPatel and Arshdeep Singh.
Indian polish looks safe with Virat kohliReturn of form and Rohit Sharma leading from the front.
“Obviously, those guys – Rohit and Virat – are big names with a big lineage behind them, and it was clear as you saw in their last game while their performance fueled the team confidence.
“We hope to take the lead from the front, and it’s good for us to go up against the best. You expect those guys to bring a lot of confidence and the X-factor to the team,” said captain Nam. Phi said.
That said, Bavuma will have an ‘unfinished business’ as their final series – five-game T20I rubber – ends with a 2-2 result after rain washed away the decider in Bengaluru.
“The last time we were here, we were tested, we had a challenge, but I think we answered pretty well. We expect it to be a good series, a competitive match. This is the last series before the World Cup, we will find a way to fill the gaps whatever they are,” he added.
Personally, Bavuma has a lot to prove after being defeated in their SA20 auction, the country’s first T20 League.
Denying it as a ‘sideshow’, the captain said his role is to lead the country and keep everyone happy ahead of the World Cup.
“I’m here to make sure that the players are in the best possible space to get into the big tournament of that World Cup. All the other distractions, the side performances as I usually call it, I will address on a personal level.
“But here in the team, as long as I wear the shirt, I will serve and lead the team as best as I can,” the 32-year-old said.
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