On Thursday, the five-match T20I series between India and South Africa will take center stage. South Africa captain Temba Bavuma has admitted that the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are the team’s biggest fear ahead of the series opener. Batsmen often discuss how to deal with them in team meetings, according to Bavuma.
Temba Bavuma on Yuzvendra Chahal And Kuldeep Yadav
Despite the absence of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, South African captain Temba Bavuma has stated that he does not want his team to belittle Team India in the upcoming five-match T20I series. After failing to deliver for their respective teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, Kohli and Rohit have been rested for the white-ball series.
The Indian team’s players, according to Bavuma, are in good form after performing well in the previous IPL season. The Proteas captain stated that defeating Team India in the latter’s home country would not be easy by any means.
“It’s obviously a new-look Indian side. A lot of guys who have done well in the recent IPL have been given opportunities. For us, as a team, we wouldn’t be looking at it (the series) any differently. We don’t really see it as taking on a ‘B’ side. The competitiveness will be there,” Bavuma said.
“It’s the guys who play cricket hard, who play very competitively. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are not there but the Indian fighting spirit will still be there. We don’t expect it to be easy for us. We still expect it to be tough, and we’ll be approaching it (the series) in that manner,” he said.
Bavuma also discussed the possibility of facing Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in the T20I series. In the IPL 2022, both Chahal and Kuldeep were in top form. Chahal was awarded the Purple Cap after taking 27 wickets in 17 matches.
“It will be a challenge. We’ve played against them (Kuldeep and Chahal) a couple of times, and one hopes that this time we have a better understanding. The guys are individually speaking about them. They will have their individual ways of approaching spin and how they can be successful against the pair,” Bavuma added.