The upcoming T20 series against India will provide South Africa captain Temba Bavuma with an opportunity to identify players for specific positions in the next World Cup in Australia.
The last time the South African T20 team participated was in November in the World Cup in Sharjah. With the next World tournament scheduled to begin in October, Bavuma is eager to rally his soldiers.
“The conditions in India do not exactly represent Australian ones. Despite this, there are still several advantages to playing. Any form of competitive cricket will be beneficial for us “During a virtual media session, Bavuma stated.
We will use these games to reacquaint ourselves with the fundamentals of playing cricket. Using the proper terminology amongst us and ensuring that each member of the team understands his job inside the group.”
In an effort to identify a competent opening partner for Quinton de Kock, the visitors will deploy a few fresh players.
“We have a few new faces in the T20 space. These men will be given opportunities to determine what role they can play and what they can contribute to the team.”
The Indian team will be without a number of top cricketers, but Bavuma anticipates a very tough rubber.
India’s top players, including captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Jasprit Bumrah, have been rested for the series. As a result, the hosts will be captained by KL Rahul and feature some fresh faces, such as pacers Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh.
“Clearly, the Indian squad has a different look. Numerous players who performed well during the most recent IPL have been handed opportunities. As a group, we would not view the situation differently “Bavuma answered the PTI’s question.
“We do not perceive it as having a ‘B’ side. We have competed against the Indian Twenty-20 team. We will therefore enter the game as motivated as ever. The competitive environment will exist “he added.
The South African white-ball captain believes that the Indian side in recent years has had players who are aggressive and play cricket with vigor.
“In the past few years, the Indian team’s thinking and approach have shifted. Men who play cricket aggressively and very competitively. Although Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will not be present, the Indian fighting spirit will remain.
We do not expect them to be gentle with us. We do not anticipate an easy experience. We still anticipate that it will be challenging, and we will approach it accordingly.”
When asked what areas they would like to improve, Bavuma responded. “This is something we would like to solidify. Specifically, at the very top.”
“When observing our bowling, I observe a bit more solidity and clarity. With these games, we’ll be attempting to discover these combos, and in particular who will partner with Quinton early on.”
“In the number one, number two, and number three positions, we probably need a great deal more clarity. However, I believe everything else will remain as is. Our middle order consists solely of middle order players, while our all-rounders are concentrated at the top.
“In terms of the series, we aim to win, but also to achieve all of our other goals.”
Bavuma is hopeful that the seasoned South African batsmen would be able to negotiate the Indian spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who both had outstanding IPL campaigns.
“It will be difficult. We’ve played against them on multiple occasions, so perhaps we have a better grasp of the conditions in India. The men are chatting separately about them. They have unique approaches to spin and methods for achieving success.
“For the younger men, it will be crucial how the others convey this information.
The manner in which our team has played slow bowling over the past year and a half gives us great confidence and belief that we can dominate spin bowling and other sorts of bowling.
South Africa will face India in five T20Is from June 9 through June 19.