South Africa’s limited-overs skipper, Temba Bavuma has stated that it is a challenging task to face new ball bowlers in India as the bowlers get more swing on the ball than in South Africa. Bavuma also added that the team management will be focusing on filling the gaps in the team ahead of the T20 World Cup 2022 to be held in Australia this year.
After registering a 2-1 win over Australia in the T20I series, India will not be hosting host South Africa for three T20Is and as many ODIs scheduled to be commencing on Friday. For India, their bowling has been an issue of worry for the team as death bowling has been the reason for the defeat in the last few games including Asia Cup.
However, South Africa captain Temba Bavuma thinks otherwise about the Indian bowling unit as ahead of the first T20I against hosts in Thiruvananthapuram, he has stated that facing new ball bowlers in India will be quite challenging.
During the pre-match press conference, Temba Bavuma said, “Facing the new ball bowlers (in India) is quite challenging, they make the ball to swing and move in quite a bit, a bit more than what we are accustomed to in South Africa. That’s obviously a challenge you have to maneuver around.”
India’s batting unit has been doing well and various cricketers have played match-winning knocks in the Australia series. Virat Kohli has regained his form and their senior batter Rohit Sharma is doing well along with youngsters Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya. Bavuma opined that it is a positive as the bowling unit will be tested against a world-class batting unit ahead of T20 World Cup.
Temba Bavuma said, “Obviously, those – Rohit and Virat – are big names with big pedigree behind them, and obviously as you saw in their last match, 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.”