Zimbabwe fired by power of positivity ahead of T20 World Cup

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Zimbabwe fired by power of positivity ahead of T20 World Cup
Zimbabwe fired by power of positivity ahead of T20 World Cup

Zimbabwe fired by power of positivity ahead of T20 World Cup

Zimbabwe is hopeful that the positive attitude they shown in their surprise victory over Australia would give them the drive they need to have an impact at the T20 World Cup this year.

After dropping the first two one-day internationals, Zimbabwe won Australia on Saturday for just the third time in 33 attempts over nearly four decades.

The victory in Townsville, which followed victories against Bangladesh in both white-ball formats, should give the Africans added confidence as they prepare to compete in the Twenty20 World Cup next month.

Dave Houghton, who made his coaching debut in Zimbabwe’s first victory against Australia in England in 1983, received praise from captain Regis Chakabva.

“His big focus was changing the way that we play,” Chakabva, whose unbeaten 37 guided his team to Saturday’s win,” told Reuters.

“We’ve been looking to play a lot more positively, also a lot more aggressive. That’s the only way we’re going to be competing against Australia and these other big teams.

“If we’re looking to rise up the rankings, we can’t keep on playing the same way that we’ve been playing.

Zimbabwe fired by power of positivity ahead of T20 World Cup
Zimbabwe fired by power of positivity ahead of T20 World Cup

The new strategy is a far cry from the uninspired kind of cricket that led to an even lower ODI ranking of 13th. And also a T20 world ranking of 11th after defeats to Scotland, Ireland, and Namibia through 2021–22.

After relying on players like Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, and also Craig Ervine for a decade. Zimbabwe’s younger generation is starting to make a bigger impact.

Paceman in each of the three games, Richard Ngarava quickly dispatched Aaron Finch. All-arounder Ryan Burl produced eye-catching bowling stats of 5-10. And also Tadiwanashe Marumani made an impression.

“We’re trying to promote a game where the guys can play. With the skills they’ve got in a fearless capacity,” Houghton told reporters.

“(Sometimes) the guys are just getting going then they run down the wicket and give their wicket away. So we’re being caught a little bit between being positive and reckless.”

In five T20 World Cup appearances, Zimbabwe has never advanced past the group stage; they will play Ireland, West Indies, and also Scotland in the opening round of this year’s competition in Australia.

They have numerous reasons to be optimistic. Also including the addition of veteran batsman Ervine and fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani to the squad.