Hamilton Masakadza

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Hamilton Masakadza
Personal information
Full name Hamilton Masakadza
Born (1983-08-09) 9 August 1983 (age 34)
Harare, Zimbabwe
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium
Role All-rounder
Relations Shingirai Masakadza (brother)
Wellington Masakadza (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 53) 27 July 2001 v West Indies
Last Test 26 December 2017 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 65) 23 September 2001 v South Africa
Last ODI 19 March 2018 v West Indies
ODI shirt no. 03
T20I debut (cap 6) 28 November 2006 v Bangladesh
Last T20I 22 June 2016 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
2000–05 Manicaland
2001 Mashonaland
2003–04 Matabeleland
2007–09 Easterns
2009–present Mountaineers
2013 Sylhet Royals
2017 Amo Sharks
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 33 178 50 130
Runs scored 1,820 5,023 1,413 8,913
Batting average 28.43 29.03 29.43 40.14
100s/50s 4/6 4/31 0/10 21/42
Top score 158 178* 93* 208*
Balls bowled 1,128 1,802 72 4,022
Wickets 16 38 2 60
Bowling average 29.56 41.84 56.50 29.78
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 3/24 3/39 1/4 4/11
Catches/stumpings 25/0 68/– 16/– 11/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 26 December 2017

Hamilton Masakadza (born 9 August 1983) is a Zimbabwean cricketer. He was the captain of Zimbabwe until his sacking from the post, following the Zimbabwe Cricket board's review of the team's poor performance at the 2016 ICC World T20.[1] He is a right-handed batsman and occasional right-arm medium-pace bowler. His brothers, Shingirai Masakadza and Wellington Masakadza, also play for Zimbabwe; all three have played domestically for the Mountaineers. He is one of Zimbabwe's leading run scorers in international formats.

Early and domestic career[edit]

In February 2000, aged just 16 and still a schoolboy at Churchill School, Masakadza became the first black Zimbabwean to score a first-class century. He made his Test debut soon after, in July 2001, against the West Indies in Harare. In his team's second innings, he made 119, thus becoming – at the age of 17 years and 354 days – the youngest player to make a century on his Test debut. However, he only held this record for less than two months, before it was broken by Bangladesh's Mohammad Ashraful.

After briefly putting his professional cricket career on hold to study at the University of the Free State, Masakadza was recalled to the national team in late 2004 following the rebel crisis, and has maintained a regular presence since.

He was the leading run-scorer for Mountaineers in the 2017–18 Pro50 Championship, with 317 runs in six matches.[2]

International career[edit]

During the team's six-year exile from Test cricket (2005–2011), he increased his ability in One Day Internationals. His first century in this format came on 14 August 2009, against Bangladesh in Bulawayo, and in October 2009 he made scores of 156 and 178 not out in a home ODI series against Kenya – thus becoming the first Zimbabwean to make two scores of 150 or more in ODIs, and the first player from any country to make two such scores in the same series.[3] He has the record for scoring the most number of runs in a 5 match ODI series(467)[4]

When Zimbabwe made its return to Test cricket in August 2011, playing a one-off match against Bangladesh in Harare, Masakadza made 104 in the first innings – thus making his second Test century ten years after his first.[5] In 2015, he made his first appearance in the senior Cricket World Cup, having previously made two appearances in the Under-19 version (in 2000 and 2002).

In 2014 he along with Sikandar Raza set the record for the highest ever partnership for Zimbabwe in ODIs. (224 for the first wicket)[6]

As of November 2015, Masakadza is Zimbabwe's sixth-highest Test run-scorer and fifth-highest ODI run-scorer. He is also the country's leading Twenty20 International run-scorer, becoming the first Zimbabwean to reach 1,000 runs in this format on 29 September 2015.[7]

In Zimbabwe's tour of Bangladesh in January 2016, Masakadza set a world record for the most runs scored in a T20I bilateral series, with a total of 222 across four games.[8]

Following India's tour to Zimbabwe in June 2016, Masakadza became the first Zimbabwean cricketer to play in 50 Twenty20 International matches.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zimbabwe sack Masakadza, Whatmore. ESPNcricinfo
  2. ^ "Pro50 Championship, 2017/18 - Mountaineers: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 June 2018. 
  3. ^ Lynch, Steven (2013). The Wisden Guide to International Cricket 2014: The Definitive Player-by-Player Guide. John Wisden & Co. p. 99. ISBN 978-1-4081-9473-7. 
  4. ^ "HowSTAT! ODI Cricket – Most Runs in Series". www.howstat.com. Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  5. ^ "Masakadza's ton boosts Zimbabwe". Taipei Times. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | / | Zimbabwe | One-Day Internationals | Highest partnerships by wicket | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-08-12. 
  7. ^ Brickhill, Liam (29 September 2015). "Masakadza's monster hit, Wasim's full-length leap". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Masakadza, Madziva help Zimbabwe level series". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Dhoni equals Ponting's all-time captaincy record". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 

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