Stories about Zimbabwe

Misbah-ul-Haq saved Pakistan cricket

Whitewashing Zimbabwe is not a great indicator of any cricket team’s progress. And while Bangladesh’s latest annihilation on their tour to Zimbabwe aptly marketed the home team’s marquee return to international cricket, it also spoke volumes of Bangladesh cricket’s perennial decline. They played such habitually mediocre cricket, that gauging any sign of improvement in Zimbabwe’s first post-hiatus display was almost impossible. There is no doubting the abundance in talent, with the likes of Sibanda, Taylor, Taibu and Vitori in the ranks, Zimbabwe has the makings of a quality cricket side. However, can Pakistan afford to over hype their recent successes against them? Historically, ...

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Pak vs Zimbabwe: A clean sweep is a clean sweep

“They are the weakest team in the world to play top level cricket; they just came back from test match isolation; they don’t have any world class players in their ranks; their fielding sucked.” Say what you may, but a clean sweep is a clean sweep and it doesn’t come every day. The Pakistan-Zimbabwe series, in which Pakistan won each and every match, brought to an end the stint of Waqar Younus as Pakistan’s head coach. An 18 month period that had a lot of ups and downs finished on a high note and the final T20 win was the perfect icing on ...

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Pakistan vs Zimbabwe: Understanding the power of the single

Before coming on to more pressing matters, I must clarify that the Pakistan team happened to stumble across early success in the World Cup and let’s not misplace this accidental fortune as a pre-planned rhythm that the team has built on carefully in the tournament. Ergo, for commentators and critics alike, making crucial changes in the middle of the tournament will not break this so called rhythm – it might just lay the foundation for a successful strategy which we are still lacking. After the dismal performance against New Zealand, changes in the side are not just crucial, they are ...

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Tatenda Taibu: Boy turned into a man

Teen debuts, controversies, early retirements and reversals are traits often found in the subcontinent. Talent, brimming on the surface and visible in short bursts, defies age and experience as laurels pour in from all corners, predicting a bright future. No sooner comes a revolt, threats by external influences and the decision to call it a day arrives as easily as a cross-batted squat followed by a scamper for a couple. That has been the story of the 27-year-old former Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu. Plucked from obscurity, still in his teens and having no first-class experience, Taibu’s ascent to not just captaincy, ...

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