During Wednesday’s 2023 World Cup captain’s meet in Ahmedabad, South African captain Temba Bavuma reacted to his viral sleeping picture. He categorically denied sleeping during the event and placed the blame squarely on the camera angle for the misleading presence in the photo.
Bavuma was present at a special gathering in Ahmedabad where all the captains of the ten teams participating in the 2023 World Cup interacted with journalists and broadcasters before the tournament. While the captain’s meeting was ongoing, a picture was circulated on social media showing Bavuma asleep. However, Bavuma vehemently stated that he didn’t actually nod off and that merely the camera angle created a false impression.
In response to a tweet from The Barmy Army, which had shared the picture of him appearing to be sleeping, Bavuma tweeted, “I blame the camera angle; I wasn’t sleeping.”
Despite Bavuma’s denial of having been asleep, a significant number of fans remained convinced that the South African captain had indeed nodded off during the captain’s meeting for the 2023 World Cup. Many expressed their belief in the comments section that he was genuinely asleep during the event.
Temba Bavuma commented, “I think it’s something that we can only do for people who have experience and knowledge; they can share it within the team or use it in the context of our strategies and plans. But I wouldn’t say it’s a unique advantage for us as a team.”
Bavuma was absent from both practice matches for South Africa in the lead-up to the tournament due to personal reasons, causing him to miss out on valuable match preparation. South Africa will begin their World Cup campaign on Saturday, October 7, in Delhi against Sri Lanka.