Ahead of the Zimbabwe South Africa ODI series, South Africa’s Twenty20 captain spoke about the series as well as on the captaincy role.
Johan Botha takes over from Graeme Smith as South Africa’s Twenty20 captain and he was not about to take his first assignment lightly, “We’re definitely taking Zimbabwe seriously. It’s officially the start of our summer and this is no warm-up game.
“They’re an international side and have beaten some big teams in the past, so we’ll still have to play pretty well. When teams are regarded as underdogs, they are dangerous. If one guy gets 80 off 50 balls or if one of their bowlers takes three or four wickets, it puts us under pressure.
“We know these guys are capable of it, so hopefully we can stop them and play well enough to win.
On taking over as the official South Africa captain who nurses the ambition of being the ODI captain as well, Botha spoke honestly, “As captain, I’ll just try to be myself, do things on the field as I see it and hopefully make the right decisions.
“In T20 cricket, you want to stay one step ahead, so that’s what I’ll try and do. “Every captain wants his team to do well. I just want the guys to really enjoy it and to play for each other and to help each other out in the field.”
On the subject of captaining former captain, Graeme Smith, Botha spoke highly of Smith, “Graeme obviously has a lot of experience and it’s nice to have someone like that in your team. If things get tough, he’s always available for me, so as far as I’m concerned it’s a good thing he didn’t just stop and go away.”