T2 World Cup 2021: When this news hit us, it took us back as a team: Temba Bavuma on Quinton de Kock’s return

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South Africa captain Temba Bavuma on Tuesday revealed that Quinton de Kock’s comeback is over Cricket South Africa’s kneeling instruction in front of them “takes us back as a team”. t20 world cup Match against West Indies here. However, the Proteas still won the match, and that too by an impressive margin of eight wickets.

De Kock withdrew from the Super 12 game after CSA instructed its players to take a knee in support of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, allaying rising internal tensions over the matter.

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Asked whether de Kock’s absence motivated the team or got in the way, Bavuma said, “I guess a little of both.”

“To be honest, when the news hit us it took us back as a team. A person like Quinney, he clearly plays an integral role within the team, not just with the bat but as a senior player,” Bavuma added at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Aiden Markram hit an unbeaten half-century as South Africa made an all-rounder effort to come back strongly from their opening defeat and beat West Indies to secure their first win in the Super 12 stage.

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Bavuma said, “(Henrik) Kalsen’s arrival was an opportunity for him and at the end of the day it was another day of cricket for us to play for our country and we had to make sure we lived up to that. “

According to Bavuma, the knowledge that the pace duo of Enrique Nortje and Kagiso Rabada, who competed in the recently concluded IPL, have given their teammates a huge role in South Africa’s excellent bowling in both the matches.

“I think we have very little conversation on the field, very clear on what to do, and they (Rabada and Nortje) give information to the other bowlers as well. His knowledge has been a positive for us.”

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West Indies struggled against the England spinners in their first game and South Africa took cues from them and handed the ball to Markram, who bowled well and hit an unbeaten half-century.

“We were all watching that game but weren’t sure how the wicket was going to react, so we thought Aiden should go and he did well.

“We are expecting this kind of performance from our batsmen, Aiden is hitting the ball really well at the moment,” Bavuma said.

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard was once again disappointed with the team’s batting performance.

“We haven’t scored enough runs. Batsmen did not come to the party, disappointed again today

“It was a total disappointing batting effort. I thought the bowlers did well to bring it down to 18 overs. The batting has let us down, which is why we lost today.”

Asked about Lendl Simmons’s innings (16 off 35 balls), Pollard backed the struggling opener.

He said, ‘Yeah he (Simmons) got stuck, these things happen. After six overs he was there and we wanted to bat a few more overs without losing wickets, but you’re not going to point at me and you’re not going to make me throw your players under the bus.

“At the end of the day he was trying for us. Yes, he may not have done it, but when you look at it… Rossi (van der Dussen) played for him, the only difference being that he was not out but his strike rate was also low.

After losing two matches by a huge margin, West Indies not only have to win their next three matches but also improve their net run rate.

“We have to win first before we think about net run rate.”

Player of the match Nortje (1/14) said that playing in the IPL has helped him get familiar with the conditions.

“100 percent, it has helped me a lot. It has helped us give the team some insight into the conditions, probably the same situation for all the players on all the teams.

“Just having the confidence to know the circumstances and understand what to do, when to do it has definitely helped me get here.” PTI Aapa

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