Kevin Kasuza

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Kevin Kasuza
Personal information
Full name Kevin Tatenda Kasuza
Born (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 (age 23)
Mutare, Zimbabwe
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Batsman, Occasional wicketkeeper
International information
National side
Domestic team information
Years Team
2010–present Mountaineers
2009–10 Mountaineers B
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 6 6 7
Runs scored 340 182 124
Batting average 37.77 36.40 17.71
100s/50s 1/1 1/0 0/0
Top score 132* 129* 45
Balls bowled
Wickets
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 11 December 2011

Kevin Tatenda Kasuza (born 20 June 1993) is a Zimbabwean domestic cricketer. He is primarily a batsman and is a bright prospect for Zimbabwe. He particularly came to the limelight when his twin tons within two weeks, saved his franchise Mountaineers from a crisis situation, and having shown great temperament, both of these tons resulted in a win for his team. He currently represents Zimbabwe at Under-19 level,[1] and subsequent articles in the Zimbabwe Cricket official website say that he may be considered for selection soon.[2]

Early life[edit]

Kevin is the first from his family to play cricket, and he first encountered the game at Chirowakamwe Primary School in Mutare, where the coach was Foster Mupita. Mupita, first impressed upon Kevin the need to work really hard to succeed in cricket. He progressed to Mutare Boys High School, Farai Chari being the coach here. Both men played a vital part in developing Kevin's skills. He progressed very quickly, and at Under-13 level was already representing the Manicaland age-group team. He continued to represent them from Under-13 to Under-19 level – and he still qualifies for their Under-19 team. He scored centuries for their Under-14 and Under-19 teams.

Kevin started playing club cricket in Mutare when he was in Form Two, playing his first club match at Mutare Sports Club, but for Titans against the home side. In his early years with school and club he used to keep wicket as well, but over the years he probably wisely decided to concentrate on batting.[3]

U-19 and Domestic Career[edit]

Rise to prominence[edit]

Kevin Kasuza first came to note when he struck successive half-centuries for the Zimbabwe Under-19 cricket team against the South Africa Under-19 cricket team. His 54 in the first game under pressure went in vain as SA U-19 won by seven wickets.[4] His second fifty, again a 68 under pressure was the only noteworthy innings as Zim U-19 collapsed to lose the match by 39 runs.[5]

So far, in U-19 cricket, he has scored 123 runs from 5 matches with two half-centuries, and he played all his matches against the SA U-19. Along with a batting average of 24.60, he has taken 3 catches and 1 stumping as a wicketkeeper.[6]

On his first-class cricket debut for Mountaineers on 7 February 2011, Kasuza missed a hundred by only 8 runs and scored a fine 92 on debut. He and Tendai Chatara's five-for gave Mountaineers a point over Matabeleland Tuskers.[7]

The first of his twin tons within two weeks that brought him into the limelight was a 132* in a Logan Cup match for Mountaineers. Against Mid-West Rhinos, in Kwekwe, the opposition scored 309, with a century for Gary Ballance – and Kevin admitted to dropping him before he had scored. In reply, Mountaineers had six wickets down for 77, although Kevin, who had gone in at number three, was still there. Shingi Masakadza stayed with him for a while, but otherwise his only real support came from the last man, Tapiwa Mufudza, with whom he added 92. Kevin finished with 132 not out, out of 224. A poor batting performance in the second innings allowed Mountaineers to come through on the final day and win by three wickets. Although Kevin made only 27 this time, it is quite clear that without his first-innings century Mountaineers would have lost the match. That Kevin considered the finest performance of his career. He feels that having dropped Gary Ballance put him under pressure, but it spurred him on to put the matter right and score a century himself.[8]

The second ton came within two-week of each other, this time in a Pro40 match against the Southern Rocks. This time the score was 129*. He scored 129 out of a total of 229, which was enough to win the match for his team. Again, had Kevin gone cheaply, it is highly unlikely Mountaineers could have won that match. He had done it again for his team, showing not only tremendous talent but also a magnificent temperament in a crisis.[9] Kasuza said that his sudden burst in batting form was due to his vying for fitness more than before, and that his coach Gary Brent had always told him that if he had to get to hundreds, then he would have to stay fit.[10]

In December 2011, he further made a case for his consideration for selection with another fine century for Mountaineers in the Coca-Cola Pro50 Championship. His 110* was the main architect behind a total of 199. The ton was scored off only 91 balls and just stunned the opposing Matabeleland Tuskers' bowlers. Even there batsmen couldn't come back from the assault, and that culminated in a Tuskers defeat.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ESPNCricinfo Profile:Kevin Kasuza ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 11 December 2011
  2. ^ Youthful sensation from Manicaland: Kevin Kasuza Zimbabwe Cricket Official Website. Retrieved 11 December 2011
  3. ^ Youthful sensation from Manicaland: Kevin Kasuza Zimbabwe Cricket Official Website. Retrieved 11 December 2011
  4. ^ Jennings guides seven-wicket win ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 11 December 2011
  5. ^ Zimbabwe fall short despite Kasuza fifty ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 11 December 2011
  6. ^ Statistics / Statsguru / KT Kasuza / Under-19s Youth One-Day Internationals ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2012
  7. ^ Chatara's five give Mountaineers a point over Tuskers ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 11 December 2011
  8. ^ Querl stars in big Tuskers win ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 11 December 2011
  9. ^ Kasuza stars in extraordinary victory ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 11 December 2011
  10. ^ Youthful sensation from Manicaland: Kevin Kasuza Zimbabwe Cricket Official Website. Retrieved 11 December 2011
  11. ^ Kasuza, Chatara carry Mountaineers to big win ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 20 December 2011

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