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Concern in Proteas camp over Bavuma injury

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For a player with a history of hamstring lay-offs, there were concerns that Bavuma would struggle to bat later on in the game and when he did bat, it was clear that he was in excruciating pain as a result of the incident.

Temba Bavuma (captain) of South Africa takes catch of India’s captain Rohit Sharma during their ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, International Cricket ODI at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India on November 5. Picture: Abhjit Adya, Shutterstock (14182396m)

STANDING at mid-off or mid-on has become a norm for modern-day captains. It allows for the skipper to be in constant communication with his bowlers while maintaining a full view of his field placements and the opposition batters.

In Temba Bavuma’s case, his agility and impressive pick up and throw in and around the inner circle makes it a no-brainer for him to take the mid-off position.

The downside to this is when Bavuma is having to chase after a crisply timed cover drive that pierces the gap between cover and mid-off, and that is precisely what happened on Friday afternoon when the Afghan opening batters helped themselves to a series of half-trackers from Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada.

In one of his chases, Bavuma looked to have pulled a hamstring but continued to soldier on in pursuit of the ball, looking to cut off the boundary.

For a player with a history of hamstring lay-offs, there were concerns that Bavuma would struggle to bat later on in the game and when he did bat, it was clear that he was in excruciating pain as a result of the incident.

“Proteas captain Temba Bavuma sustained a right hamstring strain during the match against Afghanistan at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday night,” a Cricket South Africa statement read.

“He was assessed by the Proteas medical team and showed an improvement overnight. He will continue to be monitored and managed by the medical team.”

At this stage of the World Cup, with South Africa bracing for a semi-final showdown at Eden Gardens later this week, the team needs Bavuma more than ever.

His teammates know him for standing up when the chips are down and throughout his international career he has made a name for himself as a performer when the team needs a batter to absorb pressure and fight back.

From his numerous partnerships with Quinton de Kock in whites, where the pair rescued South Africa from spots of bother and led them to relative safety, the medical team will have their work cut out to get the captain ready for South Africa’s biggest game of the year.

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