ZIMBABWE continue to sing the blues in international cricket after both the Zimbabwe A and the Under-23 sides suffered heavy loses in the Duleep Trophy in India and the South African Airways C
hallenge Cup respectively last week.
The major goal in sport is to win and, at least, to be competitive. That Zimbabwe go on losing tends to overshadow the whole purpose of participating in international sports.
At the rate at which the Zimbabweans continue to lose, it is important to always point out that such submission to what appear to be endless and humiliating defeats is acceptable only as long as something comes out of it.
Indeed, on reflection, a few positives have come out of the two tours so far, notwithstanding that the positives are just preliminary potential that still has to be executed at the highest level where it matters most.
So going back to the point of the positives, one cannot ignore Graeme Cremer’s career-best seven for 114 against India’s North Zone, and the fact that the Zimbabwe spinners took full advantage of the spin-conduciveness of the Asian subcontinent to share all the wickets for the Zimbabweans.
Cremer’s spin partner, Prosper Utseya, took the other three wickets in the first innings as North Zone amassed 358 runs.
One cannot also fail to notice that after emerging as Zimbabwe’s best batsman in the first three-day game against KwaZulu/Natal, Colin de Grandhomme went on to score his maiden first-class century (109), that coming against Eastern Province in Port Elizabeth.
Bernard Mlambo, de Grandhomme’s former national Under-19 team-mate, who scored a total of 104 runs in the match, could also feel he deserves to be noticed.
Defiant innings from the Zimbabwe Under-23s’ all-rounder Gavin Ewing down the order, and young pace bowler Trevor Garwe’s three for 56 in the one-day game with Eastern Province were some of the highlights for the Zimbabweans in South Africa in the past week.
In India, Zimbabwe A face the East Zone starting today, while the Under-23s began their three-day match against Border yesterday.