Nine balls into Afghanistan’s innings, the captain of South Africa is thought to have left the pitch due to a potential hamstring injury.
In spite of his hamstring injury and poor form, Temba Bavuma, the captain of South Africa, completed a full training session on Thursday before the team’s World Cup semifinal matchup against Australia at the Eden Gardens.
Bavuma, who has a strapped right thigh, was observed practising with purpose on Monday, while the most of his colleagues avoided the optional workout. In addition to jogging between the wickets at a progressively faster pace, he completed fitness drills and made a few loops around the outfield.
Occasionally, he appeared uncomfortable and leaned over to communicate with the team’s strength and conditioning coach, Runeshan Moodley, and team physiotherapist Sizwe Hadebe.
He warmed up for roughly fifteen minutes before going to the nets to bat first with a single stump and then with his bat. For around thirty minutes, he battled the bowlers. Bavuma departed the practise session in a private vehicle, maybe for a scan. However, there was no update on his injuries from the team management.
In the league stage, Bavuma was unable to play against Bangladesh and England; Aiden Markram captained the team in his place.
As he departed the pitch nine balls into Afghanistan’s innings, Bavuma is thought to have suffered a hamstring injury during the encounter. Recognised as the opener, he came back after four overs to save a time out, but his movements were obviously impeded as he fielded cautiously at mid-off. In that encounter, Bavuma only managed 23 off 28 balls.
His batting in the competition has drawn criticism. At a strike rate of 75.12 and an average of 20.71, Bavuma’s maximum score in seven innings was 35.