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Captain Fantastic Temba Bavuma's Century Against India Earns Worldwide Praise
- Proteas captain Temba Bavuma continued to post numbers in the 'win' column during an excellent summer for him
- Having led South Africa to a mighty Test series win against India, he carried his good batting form into the one day series
- Cricket social media worldwide took note of his important century in the first ODI against the Indians, heaping deserved praise on him
Proteas one day international captain Temba Bavuma's measured but crucial century against India was applauded and praised at home and abroad.
The diminutive Bavuma scored a patient 110 off 143, while man-of-the match Rassie van der Dussen was a lot more brisk with his hundred, smashing an unbeaten 129 of 96 balls. Reaching 296 for the loss of four wickets in their allotted 50 overs, South Africa restricted India to 265 for eight, winning the first of three ODIs by 31 runs.
Bavuma is on a high, having led South Africa to a Test series win against India, as reported on EWN. He was looking forward to take his good batting form according to News24, and appears to have started off well.
Cricketing social media was thrilled with his achievement.
"Unpopular Opinion: Temba Bavuma is a Tactically Genius Captain, His Field Placement, Bowling Change is Just Brilliant. Impressed By His Captaincy. Can Give Better Results With Minimum Resources. #SAvIND "
"When he was named SA captain people were not very happy with the decision but he is a very calm and composed leader and tactically very good. He understands cricket very well and it seems that CSA have invested in the right man keeping 2023 world cup in mind."
Peru Viljoen said:
"Well done Captain Bavuma. Huge respect, definitely one of our humblest captains to date. Leads with calm confidence which in this modern day is refreshing. Will back him as long as he plays. This team might just surprise a whole lot of haters. I for one hope so."
Virat Kohli steps down as Indian Test captain, escapes fine for stump mic tirade
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Virat Kohli has escaped any punishment for his verbal tirade into the stump mic during the third test against South Africa at Newlands.
As reported on Sports Brief, India lost the third Test match and the series which saw Kohli also step down as Indian Test team captain.
Kohli's retirement news was soon overshadowed by the news that he would not be fined for his outburst during the final Test.