While South Africa is all set to take on 5-time World Cup champions Australia on November 16th at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata, the leading team in the 2023 World Cup, India will lock horns against New Zealand on November 15th at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. A rather historic moment for both the teams as they previously played the semifinal match against each other back then in the 2019 World Cup too.
Ahead of the big matches that will follow the next coming week, the top 4 consistent teams have been taking to nets for tough practice sessions. All these teams have been exceptional in themselves with team India having maintained its phenomenal winning streak in all the nine matches.
Bavuma’s rough and tough session
For the much anticipated semifinal match, South African skipper Temba Bavuma was seen opting for an optional practice session today, the reason being he wanted to test his injury stricken hamstring before the big game. During the training session, which lasted for more than 30 minutes, he got involved in many exercises like running a couple of laps, practising fitness drills, batting a little, shuttle runs and much more. He was really consistent throughout the session following the instructions of the team’s physiotherapist and the strength and conditioning coach.
It was really surprising to see that during all these activities, no sense of discomfort could be seen on Bavuma’s face, rather he got empowered to practise all the activities with much dedication, after seeing Rassie Van der Dussen bat.
What does the medical staff have to say about Bavuma’s injury?
Reckoning that Bavuma’s condition has been improving, a South African medical staff remarked “Temba’s right hamstring strain has shown good objective signs of improvement over the last 72 hours. We will continuously assess his progress through the management plan over the next few days towards giving him the best chance to play on Thursday.”