South Africa is set to play three match T20I series against India starting from 28th September. On the eve of the first match, South African captain Temba Bavuma attended a press conference and looked confident for his team to come good.
“It is obviously expected to be a good one. A competitive one, as always is. The last time we were here, we were tested and challenged in all departments of our game and I think we answered them quite well.
“The boundary count is something we can expect here in India, hitting sixes and fours. The small nature of the field as well. It will be something we would obviously try to match them. But yeah, I expect a good, strong and competitive series.”
Bavuma believes facing new ball against a strong Indian new ball attack will be quite challenging for the team and key will be not to lose many wickets upfront.
“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 manoeuvre around,” Bavuma said.
“The key is to limit the damage and not allow the wickets to fall and try and get the momentum going. But yeah, Bhuvi and Bumrah they always challenge you with the new ball up front,” he added.
India has got a major boost with their star batsman Kohli and Rohit showing glimpses of being in the good touch ahead of the World Cup. Bavuma thinks it will be an ideal preparation for our bowlers for World cup to come up against the best. “Obviously, those — Rohit and Virat are big names with big pedigree behind them, and obviously as you saw in their last while 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,” the South African skipper said.