Temba Bavuma says he still has a lot to learn in his role as Proteas captain following their T20I series win over the West Indies.
South Africa claimed a 25-run victory in the final T20I of their five-match contest at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada this past Saturday to clinch a 3-2 series win.
Commenting on his side’s win and his role as captain in the result, Bavuma said:
“I think the most obvious thing is that there is more pressure.
“You’re trying to lead a side out against other high-quality opposition, so your execution is always being put under pressure.
“You’re trying to ensure guys are calm and clear in terms of the plan, and I think that’s probably the biggest responsibility.
“It’s been good so far, but there is a lot more still to come.”
The 31-year-old admits he was still growing into the role as skipper.
“I’m taking it as a journey. I think I’m quite fortunate to have this responsibility quite early in my T20I career,” he said.
“As much as I’m trying to grow as much as I can as a player, I’ve got the responsibility as well to be a leader and inspire the guys out there.
“Every day, I’m trying to learn as much as I can and keep an open mind and ask as many questions as I can. I’m just trying to get better and better.
“Obviously, the win is a positive step in the right direction, and I’ll be challenging myself and the group to make sure we’re getting better.”
Bavuma also confirmed that he will be opening the batting alongside Quinton de Kock in the games leading up to and at the T20 World Cup.
“In terms of my role specifically, it will be at the top of the order going forward,” Bavuma said after Saturday’s 25-run series-deciding win.
“We don’t have a lot of games going into the World Cup, so I think solidifying that partnership between Quinton and myself.
“Aiden has come in at No 3 and he has shown us what he can do. I think the rest of the batting order kind of selects themselves, Rassie potentially at No 4 and Miller at No 5.
“For me, specifically, it will definitely be with Quinny at the top.”
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