Prosper Utseya

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Prosper Utseya
Personal information
Full name Prosper Utseya
Born (1985-03-26) 26 March 1985 (age 29)
Harare, Zimbabwe
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm off break
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 65) 6 May 2004 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 81) 20 April 2004 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 52
Domestic team information
Years Team
2009–present Mountaineers
2006–2009 Easterns
2004–2005 Midlands
2003–2004 Manicaland
2001–2003 Mashonaland
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI FC LA
Matches 4 151 79 224
Runs scored 107 1,319 2,725 1,943
Batting average 15.28 17.35 21.80 16.05
100s/50s 0/0 0/4 1/15 0/5
Top score 45 68* 115* 68*
Balls bowled 753 7,857 13,927 11,254
Wickets 10 119 211 194
Bowling average 41.00 47.82 30.13 40.97
5 wickets in innings 0 0 8 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 2 0
Best bowling 3/60 4/38 7/56 4/16
Catches/stumpings 2/– 46/– 30/– 73/–
Source: CricketArchive;, 14 September 2013

Prosper Utseya (born 26 March 1985) is a Zimbabwean cricketer. Rising from the ranks of township cricket in Harare's Highfield suburb, he attended Churchill High School (the cradle of many black Zimbabwean players), thanks to Zimbabwe Cricket Union scholarships. He bowls a right-arm off break and is a useful right-hand batsman.

While his initial place in the national team owed much to the withdrawal of several white players after Heath Streak's dismissal from captaincy, Utseya has more than earned his place since. He was ranked 15th in the ICC ODI Bowling Rankings in September 2006.

He has a reputation for being an extremely parsimonious bowler, albeit with less wicket taking prowess. In a Cricinfo article from August 2006, he had the lowest economy rate (3.84) amongst all spinners in the history of ODI cricket. In comparison, the economy rates for Muttiah Muralitharan and Harbhajan Singh at the same time were 3.85 and 4.11 respectively.

In July 2006, Prosper was appointed as the National Captain at the age of 21, replacing Terry Duffin at the last minute (see Cricinfo interview of August 2006). He got off to a good start, with a well fought 3-2 series victory against Bangladesh. He resigned as captain in 2010.

He is the first and joint world record holder for conceding the least number of runs(6runs) in a T20 International after bowling the complete quota of overs(4 overs is the maximum quota in a T20 match).[1] [2]

He uses Crown King Sport cricket gear


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Preceded by
Terry Duffin
Zimbabwean ODI captain
Succeeded by
Elton Chigumbura