Cape Town – South African white-ball cricket captain, Temba Bavuma, has expressed his desire to put aside the disappointment of going unsold at the SA20 auction earlier this month.
“I tried to put those things behind me. My biggest focus is on the role I have and serve the team as best as I can,” he said.
“All the other distractions and sideshows that’s something I’ll deal on a personal level but now being with the team. As I’m wearing the shirt, it’ll be to lead the team as best as I can,” Bavuma added.
After recovering from an elbow injury that kept the Protea skipper out of action since June, Bavuma will be turning his attention to leading his team on their T20i & One Day International tour of India, followed by the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup that kicks off in October.
“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,” he 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,” the skipper added.
Going up against a side as good as India, the Proteas will be able to get a good gauge of where they are at as a team.
“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,” Bavuma said.
“I expect the series to be a good one, a competitive one. We were challenged in all aspects of our game (in July), and I think we answered it quite well,” he added.
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Compiled by Junaid Benjamin