Temba Bavuma is a South African cricketer who plays for the Cape Cobras at domestic level. He was born on 17th of May, 1990, in Cape Town. Bavuma became the first black African to score a Test century for his country. His batting aside, he bowls useful part-time medium-pace, apart from being electric on the field, best exemplified during the Proteas tour to Australia in 2016.
Bavuma began his career in 2008 in Gauteng against Eastern Province. He made his franchise debut for the Highveld Lions, based in Johannesburg, in the 2010/11 season. Consistent performances over the course of a few seasons, and vacancies caused by the retirements of Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis, and persistent injuries to AB de Villiers ensured he got a much-deserved Test call-up.
Bavuma made his Test debut for South Africa, West Indies on Boxing Day in 2014. In the New Year’s Test at Cape Town in 2016, he became the first black cricketer to make a Test century for the country. This was an unbeaten score of 102 in the 2nd Test of the series against England.
He made his ODI debut for South Africa against Ireland on 25 September 2016 and scored his maiden ODI century.
Rise to Glory
It was his performances at the Supersport season matches that helped him to rise as a prominent star in cricket. In 2011-12, during his second season at Supersport seasons, he made 637 runs at an average of 53.08 which placed him in 11th in the top run scorers. In 2012/13, he was the 5th highest scorer in the now renamed Sunfoil Series, but at a poorer average of 31.58. In 2013/14, he again scored heavily making 714 runs at an average of 39.66, seeing him place 6th on the Sunfoil Series scorers list.
Inconsistency in the 2017 tour of England meant that Bavuma had to give up his spot in the middle order to the returning AB de Villiers, and he hasn’t been able to wrest that spot back again, especially with South Africa deciding to play only five specialist batsmen along with a wicketkeeper and two all-rounders.
In Domestic level, he presently plays for Cape Cobras, based in Cape Town, after having started with the Lions, in Johannesburg.