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Temba Bavuma Firmly Denies Napping Controversy Amid World Cup Anticipation
By CricShots - Oct 5, 2023 11:59 am
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South African cricket captain Temba Bavuma has denied napping during the 2023 World Cup Captain’s Meet held in Ahmedabad on October 4. A viral photo from the event seemed to show Bavuma asleep, but he swiftly attributed it to a misleading camera angle. The incident unfolded during the Captain’s Meet, when a picture of Bavuma seemingly napping off started circulating across various social media platforms.

Temba Bavuma
Temba Bavuma caught napping

“I blame the camera angle, I wasn’t sleeping,” Bavuma said in response to a tweet by The Barmy Army, which shared the photo of him. Despite Bavuma’s denial, some fans remained unconvinced, with several leaving comments affirming that he appeared to be asleep. However, others defended the captain, pointing out that he may have simply been resting his eyes or lost in thought.

The gathering saw the captains of all ten participating teams engage with journalists and broadcasters, building anticipation for the upcoming cricket festival. Bavuma, donning the leadership role for South Africa, was one of the prominent attendees.


Bavuma’s denial of napping is consistent with his recent public statements about his preparation for the 2023 World Cup. The captain has said that he is feeling refreshed and ready to lead South Africa to their first-ever World Cup title. Temba Bavuma is all set to lead South Africa for the first time in an ODI World Cup. The Proteas will commence their 2023 World Cup campaign against Sri Lanka on Saturday, October 7, at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium.

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Bavuma, who is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium pacer, has been in good form in recent months. He led South Africa to a 3-0 ODI series win over India in January 2023, and he also scored a century in the second match of the series.

Under Bavuma’s leadership, South Africa have developed into a strong white-ball team. They are currently ranked third in the ICC ODI rankings, and they will be one of the favorites to win the 2023 World Cup. South Africa have a good chance of winning the 2023 World Cup. They have a balanced team with a strong batting order and a potent bowling attack.

The Proteas’ batting is led by Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, and Rassie van der Dussen. They also have a number of other talented batsmen, such as Aiden Markram, David Miller, and Heinrich Klaasen. South Africa’s bowling attack is led by Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. They also have other experienced bowlers, such as Wayne Parnell and Lungi Ngidi.

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The Proteas’ biggest challenge in the World Cup will be to overcome their history of underperformance in major tournaments. South Africa have never won a World Cup, and they have been eliminated in the semifinals on three occasions. Despite their history of underperformance, South Africa have a good chance of winning the 2023 World Cup. They have a balanced team with a strong batting order and a potent bowling attack. If they can play their best cricket, they will be a tough team to beat.