The Stars of Zimbabwe – Past and Present
There have been a good few stars of Zimbabwe cricket, now and in the past, and here are but a few.
Some off-field issues with Zimbabwe Cricket aside, the Pakistan-born Sikandar Raza has been a great arrival in the Zimbabwe cricket team. He took an innings seven-for in the 2nd Test of the 2020 Sri Lanka tour. That same 2nd Test saw him score a half-century in the first innings, which eventually improved important to Zimbabwe drawing the match. If you were to tip a current Zimbabwe batsman to score a double-century, Raza would be a good bet.
One of Zimbabwe’s greatest batsman, Flower pursued a coaching career after retiring from playing and went on to be a very successful head coach for England.
The brother of Andy Flower, Grant Flower was also a really solid batsman for Zimbabwe. He, too, went in to coaching after playing and has worked with Pakistan.
Heath Streak was a big, burly right-arm seamer who could also wield the willow down the order. He captained Zimbabwe for a while. He had serious big match temperament with the ball in particular.
As a wicketkeeper-batman or specialist batsman Brendan Taylor contributed to the success of Zimbabwe cricket for many years before leaving for the county cricket circuit. He later returned to the Zimbabwe cricket team. He plays well alongside Sean Williams.
Not one to give his wicket away easily, Hamilton Masakadza was a staunch opening right-hand bat for several years before being appointed Zimbabwe’s first director of cricket. He is a good mentor for Kevin Kasuza and was solid in partnership with Craig Ervine.
Like Taylor, Jarvis also played for Zimbabwe before pursuing a career in English county cricket. The right-arm fast-medium also later later returned to the Zimbabwe cricket team to take wicket after wicket.
Chigumbura has helped Zimbabwe to some success with the bat and ball over the years. A reliable right-arm fast-medium seamer able to swing the ball, he has put in good cameos with the bat as well.
Right-arm fast bowler Henry Olonga was arguably more famous for his political statements about Zimabwe cricket and the ICC than he was for his actual playing ability, but he was impressive enough on any given Zimbabwe tour.