Temba Bavuma became the first black African batsmen selected to play test cricket for the Proteas when he debuted against West Indies on Boxing Day last year. He has been included in the squad for the upcoming test series in Bangladesh when he will look to cement his place in the national team. Before the selections were announced we chatted to the diminutive batsmen about all things cricket.
Jabu: Growing up how did you get into cricket?
Temba: I got into cricket at a young age, all my uncles played it, and the township of Langa where I was born has a rich culture of sport so I naturally was introduced to various sports.
Jabu: You also became South Africa’s first black African batsmen at test level when you played against the West Indies on Boxing Day, do you feel any extra pressure because of this?
Temba: Yes I do feel extra pressure, understanding that you represent more than just yourself and a majority portion of Black South Africans look up to you is scary prospect but a pressure I cherish and welcome. In saying that as a professional cricketer pressure is part and parcel of the game so I’m looking to the added pressure.
Temba: Yes I had a more than decent 4 day campaign but I feel I need to keep putting in those dominating performances at Franchise level and take my opportunity with both hands when it’s presented at national level.
Jabu: Since your debut are you getting recognised in public more frequently now?
Temba: Yes I get noticed more in the public and I’m quite humbled with it all. I guess the more I represent the Proteas the more attention I will get.
Jabu: What was the experience like playing against the Springboks and how much stick did you guys get for losing?
Temba: It was great entertaining experience playing against the Springboks. Personally it had a great meaning as I was basically representing my country for the first time which is why I’ll cherish it for a long time. I didn’t experience much negativity around the game.
Jabu: What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Temba: Highlight of my career is receiving my test cap from Herschelle Gibbs on the morning of my debut game in Port Elizabeth.
Jabu: What is your preferred form of the game, Test, T20 or ODI?
Temba: I actually prefer T20 cricket but love Test cricket
Jabu: Where do you think it went wrong for South Africa at the Cricket World Cup?
Temba: I think the opportunities we missed in our fielding let us down, unfortunately those mistakes were made at crucial times and had adverse effects on us. Other than that I believe the players did their best, they left everything out there on the field and the attitude and intensity they displayed plays is evidence to that
Temba: Eddie Leie (Jabu – Since this interview, Eddie has been named in the T20 squad for the Bangladesh tour)
Jabu: You also DJ a bit in your spare time, are you planning on going big and being the next Euphonix?
Temba: I’m a DJ at home, I’m not looking to make something out of it, its more of just a hobby and it will probably stay that way.
Jabu: Which other sports do you follow and who do you support?
Temba: I’m big soccer fan supporting Liverpool, Barcelona and Kaizer Chiefs.
Jabu: Where can our readers find out more about you?
Temba: They can follow me on twitter or instagram at “tbavuma10
Jabu: Thank you Temba, we look forward to following your career!
Catch Temba Bavuma and the Proteas take on Bangladesh in two tests on the 21 and 30 July looking to cement our place as the top test team in the world.