South africa vs West Indies: Temba Bavuma First Test century as a captain in front of his father
South africa vs West Indies: Temba Bavuma, the South African cricketer, made headlines when he became the first black African to captain his country in a Test match against England. But what made it more special for him was achieving his maiden century and that too in front of his father who had never watched him play.
This momentous occasion was a testament to Bavuma’s perseverance and talent. His century showcased not only his skill with the bat but also his mental toughness, as he battled poor form leading up to the game.
It was an emotional moment for both father and son as they shared this milestone together. This achievement has given hope to many aspiring young Black cricketers who can now look up to him as proof that hard work and determination can overcome systemic barriers. It marked a step forward in breaking down long-standing racial boundaries within cricket and sent a powerful message about inclusion in sport.
Temba Bavuma Innings
- Over 8.4: Review by West Indies (Bowling), Umpire – PR Reiffel, Batter – AK Markram (Struck down)
- Drinks: South Africa – 32/3 in 17.0 overs (T Bavuma 8)
- South Africa: 50 runs in 22.4 overs (136 balls), Extras 0
- Lunch: South Africa – 69/4 in 29.4 overs (T Bavuma 35)
- South Africa: 100 runs in 40.2 overs (243 balls), Extras 1
- T Bavuma: 50 off 107 balls (6 x 4)
- Drinks: South Africa – 104/5 in 44.0 overs (T Bavuma 55, PWA Mulder 0)
- Tea: South Africa – 145/5 in 59.0 overs (T Bavuma 81, PWA Mulder 15)
- 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 109 balls (T Bavuma 27, PWA Mulder 23, Ex 0)
- South Africa: 150 runs in 60.5 overs (366 balls), Extras 1
- 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 110 balls (T Bavuma 27, PWA Mulder 23, Ex 0)
- T Bavuma: 100 off 192 balls (12 x 4)
- South Africa: 200 runs in 68.1 overs (411 balls), Extras 2
- 6th Wicket: 100 runs in 158 balls (T Bavuma 60, PWA Mulder 42, Ex 1)
- Drinks: South Africa – 230/6 in 77.0 overs (T Bavuma 127, SR Harmer 11)
- New ball taken at 80.1 overs
- South Africa: 250 runs in 82.4 overs (498 balls), Extras 2
He led from the front, battling tirelessly from start to finish, and displayed immense composure and temperament during his innings. Bavuma’s historic knock demonstrated that he has what it takes to be a successful captain and an influential performer at the international level. His century also played an instrumental role in securing victory for South Africa, making it even more special for him personally and for his team.