'Well positioned to build on the momentum' - Temba Bavuma hopeful of successful WC campaign in India
Bavuma feels that their recent showings will help them build a head of steam for the ICC mega event later this year.
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South Africa secured their direct qualification berth for the 2023 ODI World Cup in India earlier this week after Bangladesh's World Cup Super League clash against Ireland in Chelmsford was washed out. Proteas skipper Temba Bavuma maintained a positive outlook despite his team's troublesome journey in the last couple of years.
Temba Bavuma's side endured an indifferent form in the 50-over format since the beginning of the qualification matches, and their chances took a big hit after the African outfit boycotted a crucial ODI series against Australia in favour of conducting the newly incepted SA20.
Bavuma admitted it wasn't a smooth sailing process for the side, but is happy with the response of the team in the last few months, which included a morale-boosting series victory against reigning champions England. He feels that their recent showings will help them build a head of steam for the ICC mega event later this year.
"I am pleased to learn that we’ve secured our qualification for the upcoming 50-over World Cup that is going to be hosted in India later this year. If I look at the journey, it’s been a tricky one for us as a 50-over team to get to this point, but I think looking at the last couple of months, a lot of positive strides have been made as a team. We are well positioned to build on the momentum and confidence that we’ve gained," Bavuma said to ICC.
I hope we can achieve some good things as a team: Bavuma
South Africa managed just three victories in their last World Cup campaign in 2019 and are looking to improve their performances in ICC events in the marquee tournament hosted by India. Bavuma will have to galvanise a new-look South African side, who have moved on from players like JP Duminy, Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn and Faf du Plessis after the conclusion of the 2019 World Cup.
"Now is the perfect opportunity for us to really focus on the World Cup from a preparation point of view, nail down our plans and brush up on areas that we feel we need to brush up on. Personally, it will be a major honour and privilege for me to be leading the team in my first-ever 50-over World Cup, and I hope we can achieve some good things as a team," Bavuma added.
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