‘Usko rugby dekhni hai’ – Fans react to Temba Bavuma missing the ODI World Cup 2023 game vs England

Aiden Markram replaces Temba Bavuma as the skipper after the latter missed the game against England on Saturday in Mumbai during the ODI World Cup 2023 tournament.

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Temba Bavuma (Source-Twitter)

The 20th match of the ODI World Cup 2023 is to be played in Mumbai. The high-stakes game is set to be played between South Africa and England. There was massive news coming ahead of the game that Temba Bavuma the skipper was to miss the game.  

Both sides faced massive defeats in their last games which caused massive upsets in the tournament. England the defending champions had lost to Afghanistan by 69 runs in New Delhi. The Netherlands had beaten South Africa in Dharamshala by 38 runs. 

The South Africans are currently number three in the points table while England is in the 6th place. A win for South Africa will solidify their spot in the table at number three. Meanwhile, a win for England will take them above Pakistan thanks to their net run rate. 

Temba Bavuma misses out as Ben Stokes makes a return 

Aiden Markram came out with Jos Buttler for the toss. Regular skipper Temba Bavuma missed the game as he was declared unwell before the start of the game. The South Africans made one change to their team as Reeza Hendricks came in for Bavuma.

The English fans finally had a huge reason to cheer as Ben Stokes played his first game of the ODI World Cup 2023 campaign. The 32-year-old hadn’t played in the first three games of the tournament so far.

The last time Ben Stokes played was during the ODI series at home against New Zealand where he scored 182 runs. Liam Livingstone was the player who made his way for Ben Stokes in the English set-up. 

Jos Buttler announced two more changes to the English squad. Seam bowling all-rounders Chris Woakes and Sam Curran were rested. In their place came David Willey and Gus Atkinson. The 25-year-old Atkinson is known to bowl quick and it will be a treat to watch him crank up the speed guns with Mark Wood.

England began the ODI World Cup 2023 with a nine-wicket loss to New Zealand. This was followed by a huge win against Bangladesh. In New Delhi, the 2019 World Cup winners were shocked by Afghanistan. South Africa had begun the tournament with wins over Sri Lanka and Australia before losing to the Netherlands.

Here’s how the fans reacted –


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