Whatmore pleads for patience

HARARE - Zimbabwe cricket coach Dav Whatmore says transforming the team into a formidable unit is not an easy process and he will require more time.

Whatmore was speaking after Zimbabwe suffered a 3-0 ODI series defeat at the hands of a touring India second string side on Tuesday.

The Sri-Lankan born Australian took over the reins of the team from sacked Steve Mangongo at the start of the year shortly before the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australasia.

At the World Cup, Zimbabwe lost five matches and won once against Associate nation United Arab Emirates.

After the tournament, Zimbabwe embarked on the controversial tour to Pakistan in May where the team lost two ODIs and two Twenty20 matches. The other ODI was washed out by rain.

“These things don’t happen overnight, it takes a bit of time. If you look at the history of Zimbabwe Cricket, over the last four years…only a handful games,” Whatmore said.

“And to improve you need to go through certain situations more often so hopefully the lads evolve as quickly as possible because we are now playing competition which we haven’t had in the past.

“It’s ok to say be patient with us; it’s a cliché but I’m very pleased to have had these three games and we look forward very much to the future matches coming into the calendar year.

“We look to improve, so please bear with us, we are trying really hard to get it right and we will need a bit more time as other sides do.”

Zimbabwe lost the first ODI by four after a nail-biting final over before succumbing to a 62-run defeat in the second match.

India completed the whitewash by winning the final ODI by 83 runs.

The only positive to take from the ODI series was the form of all-rounder Chamu Chibhabha, who scored back-to-back half centuries 72 and 82 in the last two matches to end the three matches with 157 runs.

Chibhabha also picked four wickets for 107 runs from at an economy rate of 4.65.

Captain Elton Chigumbura scored an unbeaten 104 in the first match before going into hibernation in the last two matches scoring nine and 10 runs respectively.

Seamer Neville Madziva called into action in the last two matches following an injury on Tinashe Panyangara was the toast of the bowlers.

The 23-year-old Mid West Rhinos seamer picked six wickets in two matches for 108 runs at an average of 5.68.

In all three matches, the hosts blew good opportunities to put the tourists under pressure.

“They (Indians) could have explored the conditions better than us. We let them off the hook a couple of times but we have to give them credit as well, they had a couple of centurions and batted pretty well,” said Whatmore.

The two teams lock horns again in the two-match Twenty20 series starting tomorrow afternoon at Harare Sports Club. 

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