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Monday, February 7, 2011

Team Zimbabwe: Analysis and Odds for ICC World Cup’11

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Zimbabwe (Group A)
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Group Rivals :- Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Pakistan, Canada and Kenya
Coach :- Alan Butcher
Captain :- Elton Chigumbara
Best Performance in WC :-  Super Six in 1999
Highest Score in WC :-  340-2  (50 Overs) v/s Namibia in WC’03
Lowest Score in WC :- 99 All Out (19.1 Overs) v/s Pakistan in WC’07
Best Individual Score :- 172*, Craig Wishart v/s Namibia in WC’03
Best Bowling :- 5-21 Paul Strang v/s Kenya in WC’96
Matches Won/Lost/Tied/NR 08-33-1-3
The Odds :- 400-1
ICC ODI Ranking :- No.11


Tatenda TAIBU

Tatenda Taibu is the most talented player among all the Zimbabawe players. He is a wicketkeeper-batsmen and also captained Zimabawe side in the past. If any player known in World Cricket from Zimbabwe after Flower brothers and Heath Streak then it is Tatenda Taibu. He has the guts to play at International level but due to lack of cricket in Zimbabawe he did not blossomed in International Cricket. If he played for some other team in the World then he would have been much better player then what he is right now. But for Zimabawe he is the best cricketer at their disposal. He is gritty batsmen and can play against any kind of bowling. If Zimbabwe have to do well in this World Cup then they will rely heavily on Taibu to give them solidity in their batting In short much of the Zimbabwe’s fortune in this World Cup are associated with the performance of Tatenda Taibu.
Career-best performance:
Batting: 107  v/s South Africa at Harare in 2007
Bowling: 42-2 v/s Sri Lanka at Harare in 2004
Catches & Stumpings: 4 Catches V/s West Indies
                                                       at Harare in 2004.
They often Toppled the big boys of World Cricket but are struggling to make the next grade. Their prolems of a small player pool have only been heightened in the past through captaincy changes, racial tension in the side and a volatile political situation, where the President of the country considered himself under threat from visiting cricketers, even though he isn’t required to bat or bowl to them.
Zimbabwe have pulled off an upset win in almost every World Cup . But currently in ICC rankings Zimbabwe is below Ireland. It is far better team then what its ranking suggests. Although they don’t have charismatic players like Heath Streak, Flower brothers, Henry Olonga  but they have good team which can upset any opposition on its day. After there exit from test cricket, standard of Zimbabwe cricket has gone down considerably and they required  big support from their former cricketers. Their problem worsened ahead of the World Cup as Sean Ervine pulled himself out of the squad and decided to remain with his County Hampshire. So at this moment Zimbabwe team is in all kind of trouble and they need Andy Flower like player badly to life their morale ahead of the World Cup.
Key Players for Zimbabwe: Tatenda Taibu, Ray Price, Chris Mpofu, Elton Chigumbara and Charles Coventry

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