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News24.com | Proteas: Bavuma set to replace De Kock for white-ball captaincy

“Those are genuinely good numbers; he has really found his niche in T20 cricket,” purred Duminy approvingly.

The former Cape Cobras favourite, now nearly 37, sports 1,934 runs at an average of 38.68 and strike rate of 126 from a generous, 81-cap Proteas career in the arena spanning 2007 to 2019.

Hoisting the trophy on Sunday brought to a fitting climax, at least for the moment, a prosperous little period for Bavuma which had earlier included tenacious personal showings at the crease (162 runs in the two clashes at 54.00) in the Test series reverse in Pakistan.

Add in his electric fielding qualities, and Bavuma is as securely rooted among the SA white-ball furniture as he has probably ever been.

Sport24 has it on excellent authority that moves may already be well advanced for Bavuma to assume the reins, and an announcement should not be far away.

Illustrious prior South African cricketers, like Eddie Barlow and Graeme Smith, somehow seemed born to lead, while Faf du Plessis, De Kock’s predecessor at the tiller, gradually also cultivated an aura in that capacity.

Fresh soon – at least that will be the hope -- off a publicly described “mental health break”, De Kock may well be agreeable to putting all his energies back into his own game.