Winning the ODI series against India would give us a lot of confidence going forward: Temba Bavuma | Cricket News
The last time India came to South Africa in 2018, they won the six-game series 5-1. It was also their first ever ODI series win in the Rainbow Nation.
“We will have to get it right in the next ODI series against India. I’m not too worried about what happened in this 2018 series. I’m more concerned with establishing our own style of play and implementing our strategy wisely.
“A win in the ODI series against India would give us a huge amount of confidence and some momentum going into the games to come,” Bavuma told the ‘Daily Maverick’.
Bavuma, who was part of the Proteas’ triumphant campaign in the just-completed three-game Test series, believes their campaign at the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup has helped change the perception of white ball teams from South Africa.
At the mega event in the United Arab Emirates, South Africa had won four of their five group matches but missed the semi-finals on a net run rate basis due to their defeat in the tournament’s opener. against Australia.
“Perceptions are changing about this South African white ball team. In the past it was said that we didn’t have the ability to take spins and struggled in the overseas conditions. J feel like we proved a lot of people wrong at the T20 World Cup.
“We just have to keep building for this upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia, which will require another change of mindset.”
He said the ODI team should look to celebrate the performance of the T20 team at the World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
“Perhaps we should be happy with what the T20 team has achieved lately. This team has not focused on results, but rather on process.
“We really figured out how we wanted to play. There was a lot of energy and intensity, especially when it came to our lineup,” he said.
“Then we start winning consistently. Since the West Indies Series started last June, we’ve won 13 out of 16 T20s. That’s something we want to replicate across all formats. If we bring the same energy to our ODI approach, we will build more confidence and momentum, and the big results will come.”