South Africa‘s white-ball captain Temba Bavuma has expressed his desire to participate in the Indian T20 League. He also fancies leading one of the teams at some point in the cash-rich league. Bavuma’s heroics in the shortest format of the game have been increasing, with 501 runs in 21 encounters thus far.
“I would like to play the Indian T20 League. I’ve also developed this fantasy of captaining a team. I’d like to get that experience as well. But I kinda need to get into a team before that happens,” he told Cricket Monthly.
Bavuma will be leading the Proteas team in the upcoming five-match T20 series against India. The opening match is set to take place on June 9 at the Arun Jaitely Stadium In Delhi. The final match will take place on June 19th. South Africa has landed in India with a full-strength squad, and the Proteas will be hoping to beat India. South Africa defeated India 2-1 in a Test series earlier this year and whitewashed them 3-0 in an ODI series.
This series will serve as a build-up for the 20-20 World Cup 2022, which will be held in Australia in October later this year. The team skipper believes that the team can go all the way to win the tournament. “There are definitely things that still need to happen but I feel we can go all the way. If I look at the way we performed at the previous World Cup, we exceeded people’s expectations – though not our own. We knew the standards which we have set for ourselves and we knew what we wanted to achieve. If we can get better from our previous showing, we can achieve anything,” he said.
However, he wanted to stay realistic and work on the improvements needed in the team. “But realistically there is stuff that we need to do. If I look at our bowling attack, it can be seen as one of the best around. Probably with the batting there’s a bit more we need to add in terms of competing with the best,” he added.