Talking Cricket from Harare Zimbabwe

  👤  8342 readers have read this article !
2016-10-30

The series starting in Harare involving Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe may be a low profile one in keeping with the goings on in Test cricket elsewhere in the world; though, there is no doubting that the games will be every bit as important as one could imagine for both sides. For the two teams this is the first time they are locking horns in Test cricket since 2004, which is twelve long years.


For Zimbabwe the opening one being their one hundredth Test is a proud milestone, though their overall record at this level against Sri Lanka is nothing to write home about or exciting. Just a win ratio of eleven percent overall in the ninety nine Tests played for the hosts speaks of the turmoil cricket in the country has gone through.
After making their debut in the big league just behind Sri Lanka, and also with some big names in the early days of their cricket, one has witnessed the steady decline the country has experienced in the game, which has been a real shame and also unhealthy to the overall game in the world stage. It's the gap in class and quality in teams such as Zimbabwe and the West Indies that had really called for a two tier Test cricket, as people who matter were of the view that the competition was simply not on when playing against the said teams. In that sense a stronger Zimbabwe can only make the health of world cricket better.

 


For Sri Lanka, into its two hundred and fifty second Test match, they have thrown up a big surprise in their skipper Rangana Herath. After being given the leadership quite by accident Herath becomes the second oldest to make his debut as a Test captain for Sri Lanka, with the first being D.S. De Silva who led the team in New Zealand - again by accident - when the regular skipper and the deputy were injured. From a world point of view Herath becomes the third oldest to make his debut as captain just behind D.S, who holds the world record, and Hemu Adhikari of India who at the age of thirty nine years is the second in the list.
Besides these milestones one has to concede that the Lankans don't carry the experience on this tour. With Mathews, Chandimal, Prasad and Chameera as well Pradeep all nursing injuries the team is nowhere close to full potential. However, what the Lankans have brought with them is a group that has decent potential and possibly an indication of what to expect when the gaps are to be filled in the future.

 


With a drought prevailing in Harare the surface looks obviously dry, though one can't expect the turner's the Lankans had back home when they played the Aussies.
For both the teams the series will naturally mean a lot with Zimbabwe trying to make use of the opportunity they have to record their first win over Sri Lanka. For the visitors a series win will only strengthen their case going in to the tougher South African series giving them the confidence with regards to the recourses they carry. So in different ways the series holds significance to many.

COLUMNS

PRINT EDITION

News

Read More

Columns

Read More

Sport

Read More

Focus

Read More

Opinion

Read More

Features

Mosaic

Read More

Lite

Read More

Hello

Read More