Njabulo Ncube

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Njabulo Ncube
Personal information
Full nameNjabulo Ncube
Born (1989-10-14) 14 October 1989 (age 29)
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
RoleBowler
International information
National side
Only Test1 November 2011 v New Zealand
ODI debut25 October 2011 v New Zealand
Last ODI25 October 2011 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2008–09Westerns
2009–2010Mountaineers
2010–presentMatabeleland Tuskers
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI FC LA
Matches 1 1 49 30
Runs scored 17 0 343 24
Batting average 8.50 8.57 8.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 14 0* 29 15*
Balls bowled 210 53 7,016 1,085
Wickets 1 3 112 30
Bowling average 121.00 23.00 30.71 28.63
5 wickets in innings 0 0 2 2
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/80 3/69 7/35 5/35
Catches/stumpings 1/0 0/– 16/- 8/–
Source: Cricinfo, 19 February 2013

Njabulo Ncube (born 14 October 1989) is a Zimbabwean cricketer. He domestically represents the Matabeleland Tuskers, formerly the Westerns cricket team. He has represented Zimbabwe in one One-Day International. He considers Makhaya Ntini as his role model for his aggression and commitment to the game.[1]

Early years[edit]

Ncube first played cricket on the streets of Bulawayo's Gwabalanda township, going on to represent Milton High School before finding a place in the Western Under-19s and B teams, where impressive performances helped him find a place in the Zimbabwe Under-19 Cricket Team. He had represented Zimbabwe at the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia, where he took 1 wicket for 12 runs in 7 overs in the match against New Zealand Under-19s. He plays for Amakhosi Cricket Club in the club league in Zimbabwe.[2]

Domestic career[edit]

Westerns career[edit]

He spent a couple of seasons with the Matabeleland-based Westerns until the revamping of Zimbabwe's cricket structure in 2009. He made his First-class debut, List A debut and Twenty20 debut for them.

Move to Mountaineers[edit]

After the Zimbabwe's domestic structure was reconstructed, Ncube moved to Mountaineers in 2009, but the move was not successful, and returned to Matabeleland Tuskers in 2010. He currently plays domestic cricket for them.

International career[edit]

ODI debut[edit]

He was selected for the New Zealand cricket team in Zimbabwe in 2011–12 ODI series.[3]

After this, he made his ODI debut in the 3rd ODI where he took 3 wickets in his debut match. He became one of only eight Zimbabwean bowlers to take three or more wickets on debut. Zimbabwe won by 1 wicket in the penultimate ball of the innings as they recorded their highest ever successful run-chase.[4]

Test debut[edit]

He made his Test cricket debut against New Zealand at Bulawayo on 1 November 2011. He took his maiden Test wicket with the dismissal of Ross Taylor, caught by the wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva. While it was his first dismissal in this format, it was also Chakabva's first dismissal in Test cricket. It was Ncube who bowled economical overs, maintained disciplined line and lengths, and took most of the advantages of the conditions early on.[5]

In July 2016 he was named in Zimbabwe's Test squad for their series against New Zealand.[6]

Bowling speed[edit]

Ncube normally bowls at a speed of 128–135 kmph. On his day he can bowl quick and naturally hit the deck bowling inswing cutters but has been working hard on his outswingers. However, now he bowls fine outswingers in tandem to his inswingers as he showed in this debut ODI and Test matches for Zimbabwe.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Brmtaylor.com exclusive:Njabulo Ncube interview". Brmtaylor.com. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  3. ^ Zimbabwe v New Zealand 2011 Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 November 2011
  4. ^ "Unprecedented high for Zimbabwe as they cruise to record win". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Test match Scorecard". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Cremer to lead Zimbabwe in Tests against New Zealand". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.

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