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World Cup: Temba Bavuma trains full tilt despite discomfort ahead of semifinal against Australia | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Despite struggling with poor form and a hamstring injury, South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma on Monday displayed sheer determination during training session leading up to their World Cup semifinal against Australia at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.
While many of Bavuma’s teammates opted out of the optional training, the 33-year-old, with a securely strapped right thigh was actively involved in the session.
Engaging in fitness drills, completing laps around the outfield, and simulating running between the wickets, he progressively increased his pace, showcasing his commitment to be fit for the crucial match.
At times, he looked in discomfort and bent over to indicate something to the team physio Sizwe Hadebe and strength and conditioning coach Runeshan Moodley.
After about 15 minutes of warm-up, he headed to the nets and batted with a single stump and then used his bat. He faced the bowlers for about 30 minutes. Following the practice session, Bavuma left in a private car, possibly for a scan. The team management didn’t give any update on his injury.
Bavuma was indisposed for matches against England and Bangladesh in the league stage and in his absence, Aiden Markram led the side.
Bavuma possibly suffered the hamstring injury during their match against Afghanistan as he left the field nine balls into Afghanistan’s innings.
Aware of his role as an opener, he returned after four overs to avoid a time penalty, but his movements were visibly hindered as he fielded with caution at mid-off.
Bavuma managed just 23 off 28 balls in that match.
His batting is also under the scanner in this tournament. Bavuma has a highest score of 35 in seven innings at an average of 20.71 and a strike rate of 75.12.
(With inputs from PTI)

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