South African skipper Temba Bavuma’s team is flying high and has enjoyed a string of impressive performances in the World Cup but questions about the ‘chokers tag’ continue to crop up. South Africa, who are currently 2nd in the points table with just 1 win in 7 matches, next face India, and Bavuma was asked in the press conference how his team plans to not being choked against the table tops.
Bavuma, who was not impressed by the question from the reporter, gave a sharp reply, saying that such tags would not come up for the Indian team if they fail to win the tournament despite winning all the 7 matches so far.
Reporter: Did you talk about not choking in this important game because they are always given and this strong batting must have erased that tag to some extent.
Bavuma term: To choke? I don’t know how to answer that. I think if we come without a stop tomorrow, I don’t think it will be a matter of choking. I doubt you would say that about India as well if they were to succeed relentlessly if they choked.
You have two contemporary teams, coming up against each other and I think it’s just a matter of who breaks first and who can, I think, take advantage of that moment or that weakness. We understand that there will be moments of pressure within the World Cup, moments that we have overcome to get to this point, and there will be more. We will deal with them as best we can. But yeah, I haven’t heard that word come up yet in training.
Building on their impressive performance, South Africa are on a four-match winning streak as they face Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten side in a top-of-the-table clash at the Eden Gardens and Bavuma said his team will draw energy from the “positivity”. floating around the team”.
“Kuldeep (Yadav) has bowled very well. He is taking wickets for them in the middle, along with (Ravindra) Jadeja. So, they have been very important within that middle order.
“I think we have been playing spin quite well as a team in the last few years. So, it will be a good test for us batsmen as to how we stand up against the challenge of Yadav as well as Jadeja,” he said in the media conference. pre-game.
Bavuma also said that the Proteas will have to bring their ‘A’ game to the table to tackle the Indian bowling, which was boosted by the inclusion of pacer Mohammed Shami.
“You appreciate the strength and the threats they bring. He’s obviously a top-class bowling attack in his condition. We’ll have to have our A games tomorrow.
“We try to cover all our bases, make sure there are no surprises, and get ourselves into a space where we can play our best cricket,” he said.
With PTI inputs
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