Chatara nominated for ICC Award

HARARE - Zimbabwe pace bowler Tendai Chatara has been nominated for the 2013 International Cricket Council (ICC) Awards in the Best Test Bowling category.

Chatara took 6-55 in Zimbabwe’s historic 24-run win over Pakistan in Harare in September to square the series one all.

The 23-year-old Manicaland Mountaineers quick was playing in only his fourth Test match of a young international career.

The Chimanimani-born right-armer finds himself in illustrious company, alongside the unstoppable Australia expressman and man of the moment Mitchell Johnson.

The other nominees in the category are Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander (South Africa), Saeej Ajmal (Pakistan), R Ashwin (India), Nathan Lyon (Australia) as well as Stuart Broad and James Anderson (England).

An ICC profile of Chatara read:  “A 12-year-wait to win a Test against a top-eight country finally came to an end for Zimbabwe in September when quick bowler Chatara, in just his fourth Test, took a five-for that knocked out Pakistan. Chatara celebrated several of his wickets with a joyous run towards fine leg, roughly the direction of the shy 22-year-old's hometown of Mutare. Chatara bowls with a curious action - his left arm is almost locked to his body through the delivery stride - but that hasn't prevented him from becoming one of Zimbabwe's most useful bowlers. And it didn't hinder him when he bowled in an absorbing finale against Pakistan, when, despite Misbah-ul-Haq's best efforts, Zimbabwe held on for a 24-run victory.”

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