Temba Bavuma

Temba Bavuma
Full name: Temba Bavuma
Born/Date of Birthday: 17 May 1990
Place of Birth: Langa, Cape Province, South Africa
Height: 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Nationality: South African
Parents: Vuyo Bavuma, Phumza Bavuma

Batting: Right-handed
Bowling: Right-arm medium
Role: Batsman
International information
National side: South Africa (2014–present)
Test debut (cap 320): 26 December 2014 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 117): 25 September 2016 v Ireland
T20I debut (cap 83): 18 September 2019 v India
Domestic team information
2008/09–present: Lions
2017/18: Cape Cobras
2018: Durban Heat (squad no. 11)
2019: Northamptonshire (squad no. 9)

Temba Bavuma (born 17 May 1990) is a South African cricketer who is currently the captain of the South African national team in limited overs (One Day International and Twenty20 International) cricket. He also vice-captains the South African national cricket team in Test cricket. He was the first black African cricketer to make a Test century for South Africa and the first to captain the side. Bavuma is only the second South African cricketer to score a century on ODI debut, scoring 113 runs against Ireland in September 2016. He is also South Africa's first permanently appointed black captain.

Early life
Brought up in the intense cricket culture of Langa – Bavuma, Thami Tsolekile and Malusi Siboto are all from the same street – Bavuma was educated at South African College Junior School in Newlands, and St David's Marist Inanda High School in Sandton.

Domestic career
Bavuma made his debut in 2008 in Gauteng against Eastern Province. Batting in the middle order, he made four runs in the first innings in which he batted, briefly partnering teammate Dane Vilas to his first-class best score.

Bavuma made his franchise debut for the Lions in the 2010/11 season. In the Supersport Series, he made 242 runs in 4 matches at an average of 60.50 in this first season, including a 124* against the Knights, which earned him a man of the match. In his second Supersport season in 2011/12, he made 637 runs at an average of 53.08. This was enough for him to place 11th in the top run scorers. In 2012/13, he was the 5th highest scorer in the now renamed Sunfoil Series, but at a poorer average of 31.58. In 2013/14, he again scored heavily making 714 runs at an average of 39.66, seeing him place 6th on the Sunfoil Series scorers list. For his franchise, he has an unusually high conversion rate of 50s to 100s, scoring six 100s and five 50s in Supersport & Sunfoil series cricket.

These performances have earned him five matches so far for the South Africa A cricket team. The first was in July 2012 against Sri Lanka A in Durban. He also played a match against Ireland in the A side's tour of the country in August of that year. He did not make a significant contribution in either of those two matches. His next appearances for the A side were in the series of matches played in South Africa between South Africa A and the Indian and Australian A sides. He faced Australia once, and India twice. His best performance was a 65 in the second match of an innings defeat against the Indians. He was included in the Gauteng squad for the 2015 Africa T20 Cup.

In May 2017, Bavuma announced that he was switching franchises to join Cape Cobras ahead of the 2017–18 season. In September 2018, he was named in Gauteng's squad for the 2018 Africa T20 Cup. In October 2018, he was named in Durban Heat's squad for the first edition of the Mzansi Super League T20 tournament. In September 2019, he was named in the squad for the Jozi Stars team for the 2019 Mzansi Super League tournament. In April 2021, he was named in Gauteng's squad, ahead of the 2021–22 cricket season in South Africa.

International career
Bavuma made his Test debut for South Africa against the West Indies on 26 December 2014.

Bavuma and Starc
Mitchell Starc bowling to Bavuma during the 3rd test between Australia and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval in 2016
On 5 January 2016, Bavuma became the first black cricketer to score a Test century for South Africa. He scored an unbeaten 102 at the Cape Town in the 2nd Test of the 2015/16 series against England.

Bavuma made his One Day International debut for South Africa against Ireland on 25 September 2016 and scored his maiden ODI century.

Bavuma took his first Test wicket against Australia on 7 November 2016.

In May 2017, Bavuma won the Award of Excellence at Cricket South Africa's annual awards.

In August 2019, Bavuma was named in South Africa's Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their series against India. He made his T20I debut for South Africa, against India, on 18 September 2019.

Captaincy, 2021–present
In March 2021, Bavuma was named as the captain of South Africa’s limited over side, taking over the captaincy from Quinton de Kock. With the appointment of him as South Africa’s permanent captain, he became the first ever black African player to be appointed as the permanent captain of South Africa’s side.

On 24 July 2021, against Ireland in the third T20I, Bavuma scored his maiden T20I half-century, scoring 72 off 51 deliveries before being dismissed by Barry McCarthy. In September 2021, Bavuma was named as the captain of South Africa's squad for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.

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