South Africa captain Temba Bavuma hopes to lead the team in the 2020 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates as he will continue to recover from a thumb injury.
The top batsman admitted that he is not 100% healthy, but believes that he will be ready for the first South African match against Australia on October 23.
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“I started hitting the ball yesterday, just to feel it,” Bavuma told reporters on Sunday. “According to the medical team, everything is going according to plan. I am satisfied with its location. Everyone is satisfied with the progress so far.”
Bavuma will become the first black African captain in the World Cup in South Africa.
He admitted that there is both anxiety and excitement among players, especially considering that the team’s past failures in major games have earned them the “suffocation” label and the reputation of not being able to survive at critical moments.
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“Look at where I am now, I acknowledge my responsibility when I leave the coast of South Africa,” he said.
“And think that when you return to South Africa, things may be different. Your life may be different.
“From a team point of view, this is excitement and anxiety about experiencing things you haven’t encountered before. But I think it’s more exciting now.
“I didn’t emphasize too much about becoming a black African, but from all angles, it is very important. Thinking about it now, this adds to the pressure that already exists.
“But this is also a privilege, and I believe I am fortunate to have it. If there is a chance, the team can also play a corresponding role, and we are willing to do something special for the country.”