Chigumbura's batting pleases Whatmore

HARARE - Dav Whatmore, the Zimbabwe cricket team coach, says limited overs captain Elton Chigumbura’s batting was a revelation in the just ended tour of Pakistan.

Zimbabwe were whitewashed by the South Asian country; losing both the Twenty20 and One Day Internationals matches.

The locals became only the first Test-playing nation to visit Pakistan after six years following the infamous gun attack on the Sri Lankan team bus which left seven dead and several players injured.

The Sri Lankan born former Australian cricketer Whatmore said Chigumbura was taking it upon himself to fill the void left by former skipper Brendan Taylor’s departure to County cricket.

Chigumbura was penalised for two matches following a second slow-over offence and set-out the last two matches of the three-match ODI series.

But that was before he reached his first ODI ton when he scored 117 from 95 deliveries during the first ODI.

Chigumbura’s knock included 10 boundaries and four sixes.  

In the first Twenty20 match he scored 54 from 35 while in the second match he had plundered 21 runs from nine deliveries.

“His (Chigumbura) personal batting was an absolute revelation and personally I think he has taken It upon himself to fill in the big boots of our previous number four, Brendan Taylor,” Whatmore said.

On the overall he said he was pleased that the team was able to resume playing having last played competitive cricket at the World Cup co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia and won by the Aussies.

“I was very pleased that we were able to begin competition and if you look at the fixtures that are planned for this particular calendar year, they are very much like normal full members’ fixture,” he said.

“The players tried pretty hard in conditions which are very difficult, conditions which many of them had not witnessed or experienced before.

“I think we should have one the second T20 match but our fielding still remains an area of concern that we need to improve on.”

Senior batsman, Hamilton Masakadza who was the stand-in captain following the suspension of Chigumbura for a slow over rate after the first ODI said playing regularly was the key to the team’s performance on the international stage.

“It’s very encouraging what we saw out there, the team played really well and very competitively and we can only move up from there given the number of games that we have lined up,” said Masakadza.

“We won’t have the usual thing that we used to have where we would have a stop-start situation every time because we have got a full schedule and most of the cricket will be at home which is exciting for both the players and the fans.”

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