Temba Bavuma not stepping down. Image: @TembaBavuma/twitter

“I am not someone to walk away from adversity” – Temba Bavuma

Skipper Temba Bavuma has come under criticism following Proteas’ semi-final exit at the hands of Australia on Thursday,


Temba Bavuma not stepping down. Image: @TembaBavuma/twitter

Proteas captain Temba Bavuma says he never considered stepping down as skipper ahead of the World Cup semi-final against Australia.

His team eventually lost to Australia by three wickets in Kolkata on Thursday.

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Australia went on to beat India to be crowned six time world champions on Sunday afternoon

Bavuma came under criticism after he was dismissed for a duck in the semi-final.

Speaking at the OR Tambo International Airport, admitted he was not at his best at the Cricket World Cup

Bavuma not stepping down as captain

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“I am there as a captain and a batter and I have always tried to separate the two. I don’t know what the method is used to judge someone who is captaining well,” Bavuma said as per TimesLive

“We won the most games in the group stages of any South African team. We have beaten teams that we have not beaten in a while at the World Cup, so what method are we going to use whether the guy has been or not doing his job as captain?” 

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Bavuma scored only scored 145 runs in eight innings in India and averaged 18 with the bat.

“For me to step down in a World Cup semifinal, that thought is strange. I am not someone who is going to walk away from adversity, I am not someone who is going to answer to calls from people shouting on Twitter or Facebook. Decisions I make will always be for the betterment of the team. 

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“These are the bunch of guys who we have been together since 2020. We know each other through and through, and we know what we play for. I am not the guy who is on Twitter or Facebook,”  Bavuma said.