September 30, 2022
India vs South Africa 2022 – ‘Almost a feeling of being disappointed’

Temba Bavuma has spoken of his “disappointment” and felt “disappointed” at not being selected in the inaugural SA20 auction earlier this week. South Africa’s limited-overs captain Bavuma had set his base price at Rand 850,000 (about US$48,000), but found no takers each time his name appeared – he went unsold at first after a quick round of auctions. were part of. Time.

Speaking to reporters ahead of South Africa’s tour of India, Bavuma said, “I would be lying if I said I had no sense of despair.”

“I was definitely looking forward to playing a part in the tournament. There are definitely feelings of hopelessness on my side and almost a sense of being disappointed. I don’t think it’s by any right on my part.” comes.”

Bavuma formally took charge of South Africa’s limited overs side in March last year and has led the country in 13 ODIs and 17 T20Is so far. However, he has been out of international action since India’s T20I tour of South Africa in June due to an elbow injury.

In a rare case of a national white-ball captain not being picked in his country’s T20 league, Bavuma indicated that he has more to say on the issue, but for now, he is on the task ahead. Will focus on: T20 World Cup in Australia after India tour.

“I am cautioning myself not to go too deep into this whole matter,” Bavuma said. “As much as I want to speak more about it, this is probably not the right time. Right now our focus is on India and the World Cup. We are doing what we need to do there.”

“The people of the team, our friendship, our relationship goes far beyond just being teammates. We’re friends off the field. It’s enough for me to have people there in terms of their presence.”

Temba Bavuma says his national team-mates have their backs

Mark Boucher, the outgoing South Africa head coach, was indifferent over Bavuma’s non-selection for SA20, but insisted that the entire team is behind his captain.

“Temba Bavuma is our leader, and I support him 100%,” Boucher said. “Yeah, there’s a lot of talk about this and that on social media. I don’t really care. He’s our leader, and we support him in this team like you can’t believe.

“People were there last night, we were having a drink or two, and I could see the energy around him because I understand the situation he’s going through. The bottom line is we’re on a journey , and we have gone through the journey of the last two years.”

Boucher, who will join Mumbai Indians (who also own a team in SA20) as head coach after stepping down from his current position, also said that while he respects the SA20 league and the selection processes in it. If so, it was necessary to separate them. National team from various T20 leagues.

“One thing I can say is that leagues, they come and go, and I am in full understanding and respect for this new league. I think it is needed. But let’s separate the national team from the league,” he said. Told. Told.

“You can’t control what happens in the league and in the auctions; unfortunately, that’s what it is. From the Proteas perspective, we back him 100% and going into a big tournament. [T20] World Cup, he will be a big part of our team.”

While Bavuma agreed with Boucher’s statement of being behind the group, he also insisted that he did not expect any sympathy nor did he have to prove anything to anyone.

“The people of the team, our friendship, our relationship goes far beyond just being teammates,” he said. “We’re friends off the field. For me, just the people there are enough in terms of their presence. I don’t expect sympathy or anything like that.

“The biggest thing for me is to serve the team as much as I can. I still have the responsibility of being the captain of the team. I will try to do my best, as I believe I am doing Am.”

Ashish Pant is Deputy Editor with ESPNcricinfo

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