Mark Boucher
Mark Boucher. (Picture by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

South Africa coach Mark Boucher, talking about Proteas captain Temba Bavuma’s run of kind, insisted that his struggles have been solely in opposition to one bowler, Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The South African coach requested to provide Kumar the credit score the place it’s due, including that the majority of them additionally struggled in opposition to the Indian pacer within the just lately concluded T20I collection between India and South Africa.

Boucher mentioned that Kumar was a “unbelievable” bowler in these situations, speaking in regards to the latter’s efficiency within the five-match collection. The previous South African cricketer feels that it was tough for Bavuma to regulate to 1 specific bowler in the course of the collection. “Temba (Bavuma) struggled in the course of the tour. There’s little doubt,” Boucher was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “However he solely actually struggled in opposition to one bowler and that was (Bhuvneshwar) Kumar.”

Let’s give credit score to Bhuvneshwar Kumar the place it’s due: Mark Boucher

“A lot of the guys struggled in opposition to him. Let’s give him credit score the place it’s due. Kumar is a unbelievable bowler in these situations,” mentioned Boucher. Bhuvneshwar was adjudged because the Participant of the Sequence for his efficiency with the ball, selecting up six wickets in 4 innings bowling 14 overs at an financial system price of simply over six. 

Boucher added, “There have been occasions when the ball was swinging rather a lot which makes him very, very harmful. Additionally, the ball was up and down rather a lot, particularly with the brand new ball. We have a look at it as coaches and say how will we take a look at that individual bowler and the way will we give him (Bavuma) extra choices? It’s fairly tough for him to alter up throughout a collection the place you principally travel-play, travel-play. To come back right into a collection, T20, as a gap batter, you’ve acquired to go from the get-go, that was all the time going to be fairly robust for him, particularly in opposition to Kumar. With different bowlers his strike charges are wonderful. There’s no situation there.”

The five-match collection ended at 2-2 and the trophy was shared by the 2 groups after the sport was washed out within the fifth match at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Bavuma ended the collection with solely 61 runs in 4 innings with a high rating of 35 and a strike price of 103.38. He’s at the moment recovering from an elbow harm that he suffered within the fourth T20I in opposition to India.