Muzarabani wants to stand tall

25 Feb, 2018 - 00:02 0 Views
Muzarabani wants to stand tall Zimbabwe cricketer Blessing Muzarabani cerebrates after the dismissal of the Sri Lanka cricket captain Angelo Mathews during the second One Day International (ODI) cricket match of the Tri-Nations Series between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on January 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Sunday Mail

At the towering height of 2m, Blessing Muzarabani wants to stand tall and prove the doubters wrong.

The 21-year-old is eager to add on to his eight One-day International caps and cherishes his inclusion in Zimbabwe’s 15-man Cricket World Cup qualifiers side.

“I am living my dream and playing at home with the local support will be a great feeling,” he said. “I have been looked down upon and to be honest at some point it deeply hurt me. I was affected.

“I never made age group sides due to not being selected, and even had dreams of playing in the Under-19 World Cup team but that didn’t happen.

“It got so bad that at one point, I thought maybe cricket wasn’t for me. I remember questioning why I always practice yet I don’t get picked in age group teams … I felt the pain.” Muzarabani now understands that hard work often trumps talent, and this mentality earned him a place in the Rising Stars team. “I realised everything happens for a reason in life … I still believed in hardwork to help my talent,” said Muzarabani, who has picked eight ODI wickets at an economy of 5,79. He is bowling fast, touching the 140km/h mark, but wants to do that consistently to help Zimbabwe qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup in the UK in 2019. “We want to qualify and as a bowler I want to contribute with match-winning performances. I was bowling 140s during my time with the Rising Stars in England, but I wasn’t consistently hitting the mark.

“I would drop in pace and still drop sometimes but I have realised the need to be stronger and also bowl more overs. I feel if I bowl more overs I can generate more pace and I should maintain high intensity.”

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