Bavuma, South Africa’s white-ball captain, said that Indian ball bowlers were producing a lot more movement than they are used to.
Thiruvananthapuram South Africa’s captain Temba Bavuma believes facing the swinging ball during the powerplay in the T20 series against India will be one of the biggest challenges for his team. The series begins in Thiruvananthapuram and ends in Thiruvananthapuram.
India relied on their batting to win the three-T20 series against Australia.
Now, the focus will shift to an identical match against the Proteas. This is the last dress rehearsal for both teams prior to the T20 World Cup in Australia next year.
“Faceting the Indian ball bowlers is very challenging. They make the ball swing and move in quite some way, which is quite different from what we are used to in South Africa. On the eve of the first T20 at Greenfield International Stadium, the South African white-ball skipper stated that it was a challenge to maneuver around.
In the three-match T20 against Australia, India’s pace bowling armor was exposed to its full extent.
The series decider at Hyderabad saw the experienced pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah & Bhuvneshwar Kulak both concede 79 runs in seven overs. The latter taking one wicket.
Harshal Patel is a specialist in death-overs and this South African skipper understands what it takes to be successful in India.
“The key is to minimize the damage, not allow wickets to fall, and to keep the momentum going. He said that Bhuvi and Bumrah are always challenging you with new balls upfront.
Bhuvneshwar is, however, rested for the series before the World Cup because the pace workload will be divided among Bumrah and Patel, Umesh Yadav, Arshdeep Sing, and Umesh Yadav.
India’s batting is in good hands thanks to Virat Kohli’s coming back to form and Rohit Singh leading the charge.
“Obviously, Rohit and Virat are big names with a lot of pedigree, and clearly their performances have boosted team confidence, as you can see in their last few whiles.
“We expect to lead from the front and it’s good for us that we can compete with the best. The South African skipper stated that you expect these guys to bring a lot of confidence and X-factor to the team.
Bavuma will still have a lot to do as their last series, a five-match T20I rubber, ended in a 2-2 score after it was washed out in Bengaluru.
“The last time that we were here, we were tested. We were challenged but I believe we did a good job answering it. We expect this series to be competitive and good. He said that this is the last series before World Cup. “We will be looking for ways to fill in the gaps, whatever they may be.”
Bavuma, personally, has a lot of things to prove after being overlooked in the SA20 auction.
The skipper dismissed it as a side-show,’ and said that his role was to lead the country before the World Cup.
“I’m here for the guys to have a great time going into the big World Cup tournament. I will personally deal with all the side shows and distractions.
The 32-year-old said, “But being here in the team, so long as I am still wearing my shirt, it will be serving and leading the team as best I can,”