“Better players than him are out of the team,” Tom Moody identifies South African captain Temba Bavuma as the biggest problem of the team

Temba Bavuma has been struggling with the bat in T20 international cricket for quite sometime

The former Australian allrounder Tom Moody is of the opinion that the biggest problem in South Africa’s T20 set-up at the moment is their captain Temba Bavuma himself, who is not performing well at the top of the order and since he is the captain, better players aren’t being selected.

South Africa started their campaign in the T20 World Cup 2022 brilliantly with 5 points in 3 games and it seemed at one point that semi-final qualification will be a walk in the park for them, because they had a game against Netherlands in hand.

But, shockingly South Africa lost two games back to back against Pakistan and Netherlands from there and remained stuck at 5 points, while Pakistan, which seemed to be out of qualification race at one stage, managed to get to 6 points and left South Africa behind to occupy the second spot in the group.

Tom Moody, who has seen T20 cricket evolve from close quarters having worked as director of cricket at Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the IPL, said on ESPNcricinfo yesterday that South Africa has got players sitting outside who are better players than some of those in the team right now.

Dewald Brevis and Tristan Stubbs are there for South Africa: Tom Moody

Moody mentioned the names of the likes of Dewald Brevis who is a young sensation playing domestic cricket in South Africa right now and Tristan Stubbs who, despite being in the squad, wasn’t in the XI for the game against Netherlands. According to Tom Moody, for any overhaul to happen in South Africa’s T20 squad, they will have to first address the biggest problem and the biggest problem is their captain.

Temba Bavuma couldn’t play even one match defining innings in the T20 World Cup 2022 and although he scored a good 30 odd against Pakistan, South Africa ended up losing that rain affected game too.


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