Muzarawetu keeping feet on the ground

HARARE - Emerging Mashonaland Eagles pace bowler Tafadzwa Muzarawetu admits he was thrilled with his record eight wickets in a single Logan Cup innings last month, but isn’t about to let the stunning performance go to his head.

Muzawawetu believes he still has plenty to work on despite the feat, achieved in a match against Southern Rocks in Masvingo.

The 22-year-old from Glen View earned rave reviews for his impressive figures, taking eight wickets for 27 runs from 18 overs at an economy rate of 1.50 as hosts Rocks perished for 196 in 67 overs at Masvingo Sports Club.

The Eagles went on to win that encounter by eight wickets, with Muzarawetu adding one more wicket in the second innings.

Gifted with raw pace and good height, observers feel it won’t be long before Muzarawetu starts knocking hard on the national selectors’ door.

And despite the plaudits, the promising seamer is refusing to get carried away as he feels he can still improve as a player.

"It was a great moment, taking eight wickets in the first innings, everything worked well for me, I bowled in the right areas and my team mates were there to support me as well," Muzarawetu told the Daily News yesterday.

"It is an achievement I never thought I would achieve and the most important thing is that we won that match, it wouldn't have been as sweet if the team had lost. That’s now water under the bridge; I just want to keep improving on my game."

The young seamer almost quit cricket in 2012 when he was forced to balance the game and fending for his mother and siblings.

It took celebrated talent spotter Stephen Mangongo, the Mashonaland Eagles coach, who reacted by handing him his first-class debut against Midwest Rhinos at Harare Sports Club last year. 

Muzarawetu paid back the faith by taking a wicket in either innings, removing man-of-the-match Mark Vermeulen and English professional Jaik Mickleburgh.

"That was the game-changer," said Muzarawetu.

"I'm forever indebted to Steve for having the confidence in me. He had just joined the Eagles' family following the death of KC (Kevin Curran) and since then I have never looked back. With his support and that of every other member at our franchise one can only develop.”

Last Sunday, Muzarawetu was at his best again in a Pro 50 encounter, taking five wickets for 17 runs from nine overs in Mashonaland Eagles' three-wicket win over Rhinos at Kwekwe Sports Club.

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