The Awakening of a Cricket Giant?


This previous month (January), I had the opportunity of covering the 2 test series
between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka at Harare Sports Club in my capacity as HSTV
producer/presenter for the scoreboard, and what an amazing experience it was!
The Zimbabwe national cricket side aka the Chevrons was of course coming out of
a stint in the cricket wilderness after being suspended by the International Cricket
Council (ICC) in 2019.
Although the Chevrons didn’t win the series, they frustrated the Mickey Author
coached side and managed to draw in the last test match.
Though Sri Lanka walked away from the victors of this particular series courtesy of a 1-0
lead, our boys won-over a lot of hearts because of their spirited performance.
As a fan and cricket pundit, I was impressed by the Zimbabwean cricket side
because they threw everything they had at the Sri Lankan cricket side, including the
kitchen sink!
Even Mickey Author, the former Proteas coach acknowledged the tremendous effort
made by the Chevrons and even went on further to say that Zimbabwe were a very
good cricket side and that it was only a matter of time before they started knocking
down the big teams.

Last but not least, It was a huge honour for me being one of the many cricket fans
who got to watch Zimbabwean all-rounder Sikandar Raza Butt’s 7/113 wicket-haul.
Apart from the exceptional bowling figures, Raza was just as phenomenal with the
bat and his scores of 34, 41 and 72 helped Zimbabwe post competitive totals in both
One wonders if this is not the awakening of the once sleeping cricket giant that
Zimbabwe national cricket side has always promised to be.