Temba Bavuma has hit out at the double standards involving his selection in the team after slamming a magnificent 98 in the first ODI against England. Bavuma forged a splendid partnership with new skipper Quinton de Kock, allowing his team to complete a commandeering seven-wicket win.
He was initially dropped from the Test side and his axing sparked a debate among Proteas fans whether his inclusion in the team was due to the racial quota introduced to redress the effects of the Apartheid era. Taking note of these needless debates, Bavuma said he wanted to be seen as a player judged merely on his talent rather than the colour of his skin.
“It has been hard. It’s not so much the dropping part, all players get dropped, everyone goes through slumps of not scoring well. The awkwardness and discomfort from my side is when you are thrown into talks of transformation. Yes, I am black, that’s my skin. But I play cricket because I love it,” he stressed.