CHENNAI: Despite Pakistan’s dismal run-scoring performance in the tournament, Temba Bavuma, captain of South Africa’s cricket team, believes that his team may still seriously threaten the Proteas in the upcoming World Cup encounter.
The 26th match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 between the two teams will take place at Chennai’s Chidambaram Stadium tomorrow (Friday), the site of the Men in Green’s devastating record loss to Afghanistan.
The Babar Azam-led team is under pressure because they have lost their last three games in a succession against Afghanistan, Australia, and India.
They are aware that tomorrow’s game will determine whether they survive or fail.
Bavuma, nevertheless, isn’t comfortable with South Africa’s strong performance in the competition when it comes to the match against Pakistan.
“We are aware that they haven’t performed at their peak, but tomorrow might be different. Ensure that we are prepared for that,” he continued.
Bavuma stated that he considered Pakistan as one of the top four teams in this tournament from the beginning, recognizing the strength Pakistan presents as an opponent.
The South African went on to say that his team respects Pakistan as a unit and is conscious of their volatility.
To be honest, we don’t have a fantastic record in One-Day Internationals versus Pakistan. Therefore, I believe that their squad is not doing well as a result of all that is going on around them.
“I came saw a comment characterizing Pakistan as unstable. The definition, which I had to Google, talked about how a team can perform well one day and poorly the next. Thus, we want to ensure that we are equally as good as they are,” he continued.
Bavuma stated that they haven’t finalized the selection yet because the team management hasn’t seen the wicket when questioned about potential changes in the squad owing to the pitch conditions.
He said, “But Shamsi will undoubtedly play a big part.”
Bavuma stressed the significance of their dynamic middle order. “The top order lay the groundwork for the explosive middle order’s triumph. When the game is put up for them, it is imperative that they enter and showcase their abilities.”
In the ICC Cricket World Cup, Bavuma showed faith in the team’s skills and preparedness, paving the way for an exciting matchup against Pakistan. South Africa hopes to maintain its winning ways and win a vital