Bavuma: "There's wrong perception about black cricketers"

By Drum Digital
14 January 2016

Cricket sensation Themba Bavuma says becoming the first black South African player to score a century during a Test match was a “relief” that brought “a lot of satisfaction.”

Cricket sensation Themba Bavuma says becoming the first black South African player to score a century during a Test match was a “relief” that brought “a lot of satisfaction.” 

In an interview with CNN's David McKenzie, Bavuma says he does, however, feel some pressure in being one of the few black players in South Africa.

"The perception that you've been selected because of your colour, or that numbers need to be made up, will always be there," he said.

He adds that the perception that you've been selected because of your colour or based on the quota system, was a concern.

"I always have butterflies in my stomach and I sweat a lot. Those are the kind of things I have to deal with, but then when you're out in the middle your instincts take over," adds the Cape Town-born cricketer.

Watch the interview here.

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