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'Talk To Me' - Herschelle Gibbs Fires Back After Fan Compares Him to Temba Bavuma 

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In a strategic move to prioritize the upcoming World Test Championship, South African skipper Temba Bavuma has decided to skip the ongoing ODI series against India. The Proteas are currently behind 0-1 in the series following their loss in the inaugural ODI in Johannesburg. According to an insider, Bavuma's last appearance for South Africa was in the World Cup 2023, leading the team to the semi-finals. He scored just 145 runs in 8 matches in the tournament with a best of 35.

Despite being the full-time skipper across all formats for South Africa, Bavuma has chosen to sit out of the ODI series in consultation with Cricket South Africa. "We have a busy summer ahead starting with India vs South Africa T20 International series 2023 followed by India vs South Africa One Day International series 2023, and we have therefore taken the decision to omit several of our senior players," explained Walter, a spokesperson for Cricket South Africa.

His focus is now on preparing for the upcoming World Test Championship matches scheduled to commence in Centurion on December 26. "It is the start of a new ICC World Test Championship cycle, and that itself is a huge incentive for everyone. "We aim to secure a formidable start to this sequence at home against one of the world's top teams," emphasized South African Test coach Shukri Conrad.

Amid Bavuma's decision, former South African opener Herschelle Gibbs took a subtle dig at the skipper's performances across formats and also hit backs to a critic. Taking to social media 'X', Gibbs wrote, "Talk to me when he reaches 35 international 100s until then take a permanent holiday on Twitter.. bye now."

Responding to Gibbs' comment, a cricket fan defended Bavuma, highlighting that Test cricket is the ultimate challenge for a batter.

 "You're dealing with people who probably started watching cricket in the last 2 years, don't know the difference between a test and a T20, and who still wet their beds," the fan wrote.

Examining Bavuma's statistical record, he averages 35.26 in 56 Test matches, 44.47 across 38 ODIs, and approximately 20 in 36 T20Is, often playing as captain. In contrast, Gibbs had an illustrious career, amassing 21 ODI centuries and 35 overall.