Let's save every run - Chawaguta

HARARE - New Zimbabwe cricket team fielding coach Walter Chawaguta believes ‘saving every run’ is the key if the country is to realise its dream of making it into the knockout stage of the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Once lauded as one of the best fielding sides in international cricket, Zimbabwe have fallen down the perking order in recent years, but Chawaguta believes the side has every quality to rekindle the lofty heights of yester year.

The former national team and Under-19 coach was appointed fielding coach on Friday ahead of the February 14 to March 29 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Zimbabwe Cricket also restored Andy Waller as coach of its national cricket team seven months after he was dismissed from the post.

The Dav Whatmore coached side’s first pool match is against South Africa on February 15, who are currently playing West Indies in a five match One-Day International series.

Before travelling to the World Cup, Zimbabwe will conduct their final training camp in Dubai.

“It’s obviously an honour to work with the coaches that are in the whole set up,” Chawaguta said.

“We haven’t got a lot of time between now and time we leave so what’s really important for me is to really work on the specifics.

“We have guys who field in certain areas so we want to make sure we have that covered instead of working on volumes. My big focus at the moment is quality.

“We have got to get the basic right and adhere to the old adage that says ‘catches win matches.’ So we are really working hard on that and make sure we are converting every chance we get at practice. Going into the World Cup every opportunity that we create we got to be able to hang on to it.

“Obviously we have to create run out opportunities. Saving every run. So the commitment to dives and good stops and stuff like that those are areas we are working on.”

Chawaguta rallied the senior players to step up and show their years of experience on the field of play.

“Look we have some really quick guys in the team Solomon Mire is probably the quickest in the group,” he said.

“The likes of Prosper (Utseya), Elton (Chigumbura), (Sikandar) Raza are quality fielders. Those are the guys I am hoping will be core and can rally the troops forward.”

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