South African captain Temba Bavuma has addressed the viral image from the 2023 World Cup Captains Meet, explaining that he wasn’t sleeping and attributing the angle of the camera for the misleading photo.
The event took place today in Ahmedabad, where captains from all 10 teams engaged with journalists and broadcasters in preparation for the 2023 World Cup. Temba Bavuma was there as the representative for South Africa.
At the Captains Meet, a picture of Bavuma appearing to be asleep circulated widely on social media. Nevertheless, the South African captain promptly explained that he wasn’t actually sleeping; the misleading impression was due to the camera angle. Temba Bavuma addresses the viral photo from the 2023 World Cup Captains Meet.
“I blame the camera angle, I wasn’t sleeping,” Bavuma tweeted in response to The Barmy Army, who shared a photo of him sleeping.”
While Bavuma insisted he wasn’t asleep, many fans believed that he had actually nodded off during the 2023 World Cup Captains Meet. Some even commented to share their opinion that he had been sleeping.
Temba Bavuma will lead South Africa as captain in the ICC ODI World Cup for the first time
In this year’s ICC ODI World Cup, Bavuma will lead the South African team for the first time. Their campaign kicks off on Saturday, October 7, against former champions Sri Lanka at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium.
South Africa’s previous performance in the group stage during the last 50-over World Cup hosted by India was impressive, finishing at the top of their group. It will be intriguing to observe if the Proteas can repeat that performance this time around.
Prior to the 2023 World Cup, Temba Bavuma’s team engaged in a warm-up game against New Zealand, which the Blackcaps won by a margin of seven runs using the D/L method.