Bavuma Ruled-Out of SL Tour With Thumb Fracture
Temba Bavuma, South Africa’s regular captain, will miss the rest of the white-ball tour of Sri Lanka due to a freak accident in the ODI series opener, which resulted in a right thumb fracture. For the remaining two ODIs, Keshav Maharaj will take over as captain, while the selection panel has yet to name a captain for the three-match T20I series that follows.
Bavuma Struck in the Thumb
The incident occurred when Bavuma was struck in the thumb by a direct blow during the 26th over of play. He was struck on the right thumb while attempting to avoid a fielder’s throw-in. Bavuma was forced to retire hurt after two overs due to “persistent discomfort,” according to a CSA statement.
Further scans on Bavuma’s thumb revealed a fracture, prompting the 31-year-old to return home as soon as possible to consult a specialist. “After doctor consultations, the timeline for his return to action will be determined,” CSA added. South Africa trailed 0-1 in the three-match series after losing the first ODI by 14 runs, with the second scheduled to be played on Sunday.
He was the first black African cricketer to score a century in a Test match for South Africa, as well as the first black African captain. Bavuma became only the second South African cricketer to score a century on ODI debut in September 2016, when he scored 113 runs against Ireland. He is also South Africa’s first black captain who has been appointed permanently. Bavuma made his debut against Eastern Province in Gauteng in 2008. He made four runs in the first innings while batting in the middle order, briefly partnering teammate Dane Vilas to his first-class best score.
In the 2010-11 season, Bavuma made his franchise debut for the Lions. In his first season in the Supersport Series, he scored 242 runs in four matches at an average of 60.50, including a 124* against the Knights that earned him the man of the match. He ran 637 times at an average of 53.08 in his second Supersport season in 2011/12.