Temba gives us hope for future

2016-01-14 06:00
 Temba Bavuma of the Proteas during day 4 of the 2nd Test match between South Africa and England at PPC Newlands on January 05, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa.  PHOTO: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images

Temba Bavuma of the Proteas during day 4 of the 2nd Test match between South Africa and England at PPC Newlands on January 05, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. PHOTO: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images

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Former South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini has heaped praise on Temba Bavuma for becoming the first black African to score a century for the Proteas.

Bavuma made an unbeaten 102 runs on day four of the drawn second Test against England at Newlands earlier this week.

Fast bowler Ntini was the first black African to play Test cricket for the Proteas and all the others since him - Mfuneko Ngam, Monde Zondeki, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Kagiso Rabada - were all bowlers.

Bavuma is the first black African batsman to shine at the highest level and Ntini believes his century will do wonders for the younger generation.

“We have always been seen as black cricketers, that we can only be bowlers, not batters,” Ntini told the BBC.

“He has opened that door for the rest of them, to show we are able and capable of playing the game into the highest level, rather than being seen as black people who can only throw the ball...”

Meanwhile national hockey player Lungile Tsolekile, now 31, brother of Proteas wicketkeeper Thami and a member of the SA side at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, wrote on his Facebook page: “Just been thinking about Temba Bavuma hundred; reading about it on every article I could lay my eyes on.

“But the most important thing I heard was a few nine- and 10-year-olds talking about it this morning (yesterday) and arguing ‘what’s his strongest shot?’ and how one (of them) saw him on December 30 in Langa.

“I took time and listened for a good 20 mins and I realised that Temba didn’t just score a TON, that he has given hope and yes, these kids relate, and yes, they will copy him and mimic him.

“If you go to Bennie Street, and corner Washington and Harlem this morning, you would have seen boys and men 10 to 35 years (old) playing cricket.

“That’s how much impact one great moment has ... indeed, history made.”

Bavuma spent much of his youth in Langa and did his junior schooling in his city of birth, Cape Town, before the family switched to Johannesburg.

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