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The South African captain, Temba Bavuma, will have fulfilled his dream of playing at Sachin Tendulkar’s home venue, Wankhede Stadium, when he takes the field on Saturday afternoon against England in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Mumbai native Tendulkar famously fulfilled a personal desire at the revered location when he and India defeated Sri Lanka in a thrilling final to win the ODI World Cup in 2011.
Indeed, I believe that when I was a child, I was constantly aware of Wankhede Stadium because I looked up to a man like Sachin Tendulkar. Therefore, being able to play is another item on my list as a cricket player, Bavuma stated on the eve of the match.
“JP Duminy and Quinton, two players who have played here, have mentioned how it can be a batter’s dream. The ball seems to go farther and you receive value for your strokes, according to Bavuma.
As a result, I believe it can greatly boost hitters’ confidence. You can fill your boots if this is your day. Additionally, he said, “I think the mood of it all—being a full ground—can really be something to cherish.
South Africa and England both enter the match having lost unexpectedly in their previous matches.
England, the defending champions, lost badly to Afghanistan, and South Africa was overcome by the Netherlands, a non-Testing nation.
“I think it could be one hell of a game if you’ve got two teams of this calibre who play close to their best,” the 33-year-old Bavuma stated despite this.