CAPE TOWN – “I’m the one to be blamed.”
Temba Bavuma remarked after South Africa’s seven-wicket defeat to India in the second T20 international in Mohali on Wednesday. However, it would be grossly unfair for the T20 debutant to pick up all the slack.
Rightly, Bavuma lost momentum at a crucial stage of SA’s innings, with three successive dot balls in the 17th over resulting in a strike rate of just 113 as the Proteas limped to 149/5. If Bavuma is to develop into a world-class short-format player, his overall strike-rate has to move up to at least 120 per 100 balls.
The best in the T20 business operate at strike-rates of 125 and beyond.
However, there was enough on display on Wednesday during his 49 to suggest that the tiny right-hander does possess sufficient quality and game awareness to move through the gears.