Now Temba Bavuma's Dressing Room Pic Goes Viral After Losing To Netherlands In Cricket World Cup 2023
Bavuma had draped a white towel around himself as he watched his team's batters being dismissed one after another.
Bavuma's shocked expression inadvertently provided ample meme material for creative individuals on social media.
Bavuma has experienced a similar shock in the past. In a surprising turn of events at the T20 World Cup 2022, South Africa suffered a shocking defeat against Netherlands, resulting in their elimination from the tournament.
Almost a year has passed, and once again, Scott Edwards and Co have repeated their actions in South Africa.
In a match that was shortened to 43 overs per side, the Netherlands team scored 245 runs after being chosen to bat first. Netherlands scored 245 runs for 8 wickets in 43 overs, thanks to the contribution of Captain Scott Edwards.
After the Netherlands side was reduced to 112 for 6 in 27 overs, Edwards took control of the innings. Edwards hit 10 fours and 1 six during his innings.
Roelof van der Merwe smashed a quickfire 29 and Aryan Dutt hit 23 off just 9 balls to take the target to a competitive total of 245 for 8.
South Africa made a swift start in pursuit of their target, as openers Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma accumulated 36 runs in the first 8 overs for the initial wicket. However, De Kock subsequently fell, and Bavuma quickly followed suit.
Marathi moms in mahabaleshwar after having morning tea pic.twitter.com/xusNXiOHwq— Abhishek (@MSDianAbhiii) October 17, 2023
A collapse ensued, resulting in the Proteas quickly reaching a score of 44 for 4. David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen attempted to stabilise the innings, but the Netherlands team intensified their efforts to dismantle this partnership.
Average captain, defensive approach, zero game awareness, pathetic field placements, prefer friendships over talent, didn't select Herschelle Gibbs for world cup, lost against afghanistan, couldn't bat, couldn't bowl, couldn't field.. SACK TEMBA BAVUMA 😭#SAvsNED pic.twitter.com/kIBbKqI3gW— Hamxa 🏏🇵🇰 (@hamxashahbax21) October 17, 2023
Logan van Beek stood out as the top performer among the bowlers, taking 3 wickets in the game. Colin Ackermann, Paul van Meekern, Roelof van der Merwe, and Bas de Leede also took wickets.
The defeat against Netherlands has deeply affected South African fans, who have endured numerous heartbreaks in previous World Cups.
South Africa began the World Cup with an impressive display, winning two matches in a dominant fashion.
It appeared that the Proteas Men would easily secure a spot in the semifinals. However, the defeat against a formidable Associate Nation has proven to be a significant hurdle that they were unable to overcome.
However, the African nation's pursuit of a spot in the semi-finals remains ongoing, as we are currently only halfway through the World Cup.