7 November 2018
NATIONAL cricket coach, Lalchand Rajput has hailed Zimbabwe’s historic Test win against Bangladesh yesterday.
“Even big Test playing countries they really come here and struggle to beat Bangladesh in Bangladesh so it’s a big and huge win for us psychologically, mentally and I think this will definitely revive Zimbabwe Cricket,” he said.
Rajput, ever optimistic, believes the success marks the definite revival of Zimbabwe Cricket.
“As I said this will definitely revive Zimbabwe Cricket and even the teams all around the world will know that Zimbabwe is getting back into what it was earlier. If you look at Zimbabwe Cricket in the 90’s they had a fantastic team so this win will definitely revive that.
“This will bring the confidence of the players as well and I think it’s a great thing for Zimbabwe board because (the) board has really persisted with these players and they have been after that, they have been patient enough and this is a day which has come.”
He added: “And I am sure everyone back home, the Zimbabwe board, the Zimbabwe crowd, the public, the whole country will be proud of this.”
All-rounder Sean Williams (88 and 20) was voted man of the match but what was pleasing to see was every player’s commitment and contribution to Zimbabwe’s victory.
Peter Moor (63 and golden duck) and captain Hamilton Masakadza (52 and 48) came through with notable milestones. Overall, there was some form of maturity, responsibility and continuity from the premier batters.
Winning Test cricket is all about taking 20 wickets and this exactly what the bowlers did to deliver victory.
Sikandar Raza Butt ended with match figures of 6-76, ever impressing Brandon Mavuta (4-21), Kyle Jarvis (3-57), Tendai Chatara (3-44), Wellington Masakadza (2-33) and Williams (1-18).
This is the kind of attitude Rajput wants as he believes this will take Zimbabwe beyond their snags to the competitive Test cricket arena.
“Over the years I think Zimbabwe has not been doing well in Test cricket even they had their problems but when you win all those problems go aside.
“So the win was very important for us even for the team because when you win, when you taste that win I think it’s a different feeling in the dressing room as well.”
He added: “So this win will definitely go a long way and I am sure the players’ confidence, the team’s confidence is really up now. We really look forward to go up and up only.”
Zimbabwe will travel to Dhaka for the Second Test starting on November 11 with their heads held high and eyes set for a rare series victory. Rajput reckons they have taken the crucial first step.
“We have started believing that we only can’t win at home, we can win aboard as well. So I think this is the first step we will really take on from there,” he said.
Zimbabwe 282 all out in 117,3 overs (Sean Williams 88, Peter Moor 63*, Hamilton Masakadza 52; Taijul Islam 6-108) and 181 all out in 65,4 overs (Hamilton Masakadza 48; Taijul Islam 5-62).
Bangladesh 143 all out in 51 overs (Ariful Haque 41*; Tendai Chatara 3-19, Sikandar Raza Butt 3-35) and 169 all out in 63,1 overs (Imrul Kayes 43; Brandon Mavuta 4-21, Sikandar Raza Butt 3-41).
Result: Zimbabwe won by 151 runs.