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Muzarabani’s promising Test debut

By Mehluli Sibanda / Published on Thursday, 28 Dec 2017 19:52 PM / No Comments / 853 views

 

28 December 2017

Blessing Muzarabani

BLESSING Muzarabani might have failed to pick up a wicket in the South African first innings but the mere sight of the young fast bowler in action was enough to excite local cricket fans.

The 21-year-old height-gifted pace bowler made his debut in the historic Test against the Proteas in the historic four day, day/night pink ball Test at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth. The Rising Star player was certainly not overawed by bowling to some of the best batsmen in the world.

He struck Dean Elgar on the toe with his first ball in Test cricket, with his first over in the international game going for one run.

He bowled a decent line and constantly clocked 140km which is a brilliant sight because Zimbabwean bowlers do not bowl at such speeds.

The last time a Zimbabwe had a bowler who bowled at such speeds was when Elton Chigumbura was at his best which was some 10 years ago.

Tendai Chatara also hit those speeds at some stage but injuries have really affected his career.

Muzarabani mixed things up with some brilliant reverse swing as early as his second over. He also had control which saw him concede 48 runs in the 13 overs he bowled.

One of the senior bowlers in the team, Christopher Mpofu was full of praise for Muzarabani and believes that the youngster will do well in future for Zimbabwe.

“I think he did quite well especially against an opposition like South Africa, I think the confidence is also going up and its someone who is going to do well in the future for us, I believe he did quite well for us.

Just like his name, the youngster could make a huge contribution to Zimbabwe’s game in the coming years. There is certainly nothing wrong with his bowling action, the only thing he has to do is guard against gaining weight, which is what curtailed Chigumbura’s bowling.

 

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