South Africa’s assistant coach Enoch Nkwe feels Temba Bavuma could be the next captain of national side.
Of late, Bavuma hasn’t been able to find his spot in the Test side. He has been told to score a weight of runs in domestic cricket in order to win a place in the side. An aesthetically pleasing batsman to the eye, Bavuma hasn’t been able to achieve a lot in his Test career.
In his 39 Tests, Bavuma averages just above 30 and has only one Test hundred to his name. In his 13 Test innings in 2019, he averaged 19.84 and had only one fifty plus score.
Currently, he is the only black African Test batsman and of late, he had gone onto social media to express his emotions in a tweet which read: “Silence isn’t empty, it is full of answers.”
When Nkwe was asked about Temba’s future as South Africa’s captain, he replied [as quoted by Cricinfo]: "In my mind, yes. I can see that happening. But he does understand that he needs to put in some performances. The future could be in a year's time, it could be in two years' time, we don't know.
“Having worked with him in the last year-and-a-half, he has got the qualities, there's no question around that. I wouldn't be surprised if, after Faf, he takes over. That will be great for South African cricket."
When asked about the burden of being the first black African Test batsman in South Africa was affecting his performance, Nkwe said: "Knowing Temba, no. There is always going to be pressure in this environment but if you look at it, he has been unlucky. Let's be honest. There's been times where he got 95 not out and he was probably one big hit to get over the line and he was unfortunate.
“There's been times where he got 70, 80. But also sometimes people tend to forget that the situations he has come in for South Africa have been challenging and he has been able to take the team from that position and put them in a much healthier position.
“Sometimes he gets out for 60, sometimes he gets out for 50 and if you look at the batting positions over the last couple of years - Nos. 4, 5 and 6 - he has been able to make those massive contributions.”