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Yash Mittal ∙ Sep 24 2022, 1:30 AM | 2 Min Read

'It was definitely frustrating'- Temba Bavuma on his layoff due to elbow injury

image-l8epvslrTemba Bavuma [Image Credits- Twitter]

South Africa's white-ball skipper Temba Bavuma has admitted that the last three months away from cricket have been extremely frustrating for him.

Bavuma suffered an elbow injury during the 5-match T20I series in India earlier this June.

He was subsequently ruled out of the Proteas' tour of England, which consisted of 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is and and as many Test matches.

Having completely recovered from the injury, Bavuma is now gearing up for a big season ahead, which includes a white-ball tour of India followed by the ICC T20I World Cup.

Here's what Temba Bavuma said ahead of the Proteas departure to India:

"The last few months have been the toughest from an injury point of view. It was definitely frustrating. Going through that period not really knowing when I was going to recover with my elbow, it was quite difficult mentally. But I'm here now, my elbow feels good, I obviously opted against the surgery, but I'm excited and blessed to have the opportunity again to run out there for the Proteas."

Temba Bavuma on head coach Mark Boucher's impending exit

South Africa have done exceptionally well in the shortest format of the game in the past 12-15 months under the leadership duo of Bavuma and Mark Boucher.

Boucher is set to leave the set-up at the end of the T20I World Cup.

While Bavuma is unsure about how the post-Boucher era will look like, he asserted that the intent with which the South Africans have been playing, will not go leave the dressing room with Boucher.

"It's difficult to look that far into the future. We're just focussed on the now at the moment and that is on the tour to India. The focus is also on filling the gaps that need to be filled in terms of preparation, also in terms of getting the guys into form leading up to the World Cup and making sure we keep holding on to our confidence and belief as a unit. That's where the focus is right now."

"What happens after the World Cup is quite hard to talk about. In terms of the brand of play I don't see that changing. I think the language that we've been speaking as a team has been quite consistent over the last 18 months, so I don't see that changing. The coach will leave, but his taste and brand on the team that is with us at the moment, that will continue."

The three-match T20I series between India and South Africa will get underway on September 28.

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