Rajkumar Sharma wrote: ↑
Wed May 12, 2021 12:08 pm
I see alot of prospect in Zimbabwe younstars in shorter format. Marumani is talented kid, if he develops a bit of match awareness he can be that aggresor Zim needs at the top. Marumani should open both in Odis & T20s. Wesley Madhevere has an excellent future to be among the best allrounders. Objective should be, both this young players should get more balls to face as both are quite good aggresor and timer of the ball. Kamhukunkamwe should continue to feature in Zim playing XI he has the game awareness developing in him.
K-long was so frustrating and disappointing in the last couple of series. I'm finding it hard to forgive him. I'm not sure he's the future really.
Marumani is epic!!! People don't talk about him enough and he's often not mentioned when people are talking about Wes/Shumba/Myers/Bawa. I don't think he's as naturally gifted as those four, but it's his attitude that makes him gun. I watched him play school cricket and he's always been the same - completely unfazed at the crease, plays with real swagger and confidence. He doesn't give a fuck and just goes and plays explosively. We saw it in the Pak T20 series. I just love his attitude when he is out in the middle. He'll be an excellent limited overs player for sure. We'll have to see as he grows up if he can adapt, develop, and carve out a red ball career too as he matures.
Musakanda is finished, he deserved backing when he was dropped, when he made debut under Streak, he looked to be the next big think and a gun fielder, but getting dropped hurt his confidence.
I still like Tari because I think technically he is a beautiful player. He has every shot in his locker and in theory he should be great. His lack of development is pretty much the main number 1 reason I hate the coaches. I watch him and I just feel his problem is mental. He often makes poor decisions. He has no idea about shot selection. He can play every shot in the book beautifully, but he tries the wrong thing too often and I don't think he knows how to build an innings or play the situation at all. He has so much talent but he needs a good coach and mentor. Rajput & Matsi seem to have contributed absolutely 0 to Tari's ability and it's really disappointing. Time is still on his side and I hope he can still make it. Like I say, the talent has always been there ever since school and U19 cricket.
Raw truth is Zim has no future in test cricket for next 5 - 6 years unless ICC comes with new plan but they have huge chance & materials to build up and become a competative side in shorter format and become giant killers. Zim now requires a good coaching unit, someone like Whatmore who is best in coaching weak teams.
Agreed on needing new coaches, 100%. Although Whatmore was Zim coach before and ended up getting himself sacked. It didn't go well....
But in terms of Test Vs Limited Overs.......
I think I've mentioned it before but it's a culture problem and its not easy to change overnight. Go and ask school kids in Zim if they want to play a T20I or a Test and probably almost all will still say tests. Go and ask school kids in most full members and all associate members and nowadays a massive amount of those kids will probably say T20. Zim cricket is very traditional and conservative...even amongst the younger generation. Red ball is very much still the pinnacle here and thats what the majority still aim for and value I feel. I guess thats changed in the sub continent in the past ten years but it hasn't here yet.
Everyone in ZC, all of the local media, most of the players and indeed most of the fans want to watch us playing Test cricket rather than other formats.