Lack of leadership cost Zim dearly

BULAWAYO - It wasn't really the fact that Zimbabwe lost the first ODI by 97 runs that hurt, because in truth it was to be expected.

But it was the manner in which they lost that hurt the most.

The spark that Zimbabwe had for most of the Test match seemed to have fizzled out completely.

If a common cricket lover who knew nothing about the team, or who actually captained the team were watching at the ground on Sunday, they probably would have had no idea as to who the skipper actually was.

Brendan Taylor was doing a lot of arm swinging from his various positions on the field, and Hamilton Masakadza was also pretty vocal and adding his input.

But the man who really mattered, Elton Chigumbura, was noticeably quiet in the field, offering no advice nor any encouragement to his two debutants, Neville Madziva and Luke Jongwe, who in truth looked n where near ready for the big time.

Having said that, if Chigumbura had positioned himself at either mid-off or mid-on and quietly spoke to the struggling youngsters, it may have helped them and could have settled their nerves.

It is a massive ordeal for a raw young player such as Jongwe, who has only just graduated from the Under-19 team, to be bowling to the likes of Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock, let alone AB de Villiers, and if you add millions of television viewers to the fray, it becomes a daunting business which requires a clear head, and a strong stomach.

It may possibly be that Chigumbura himself was suffering from a bout of the yips, but his body language gave the impression that either he really didn't want to be there, or that he had already given up before the game started.

Even his pre and post-match interviews were nothing more than half-hearted mumbled explanations, which were rather painful to listen to, and one can only once again ask why ZC thought it fit to split the captaincy when the team hardly plays any international cricket?

That decision alone is as bizarre as trying to work in either one of the press boxes, be it at Harare Sports Club, or Queens.

Comments (2)

elton is not a good captaion for the national team since they wanted to split captains hamy masakadza was a better candidate thn elton he struggled before

tman - 19 August 2014

That coach is doomed to fail coz he's introducing too many players at once . Taylor z not the best captain but is better than chigumbura tho.

l saw it - 20 August 2014

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