Rogers’ exploits console Zimbabwe

Darlington Majonga recently in Bangladesh


ON yet another day that Zimbabwe batsmen floundered against spin, opening batsman Barney Rogers held fort at the crease, so much so that his gallant

ry could not go unnoticed even in defeat.


But being named player of the series would have been sweeter for Rogers, whose reward was the only consolation for a Zimbabwe side that blew away a 2-0 lead to hand Bangladesh an historic first ever one-day international series win.


“It feels great to be recognised, but it would have been greater had we won the series,” Rogers told IndependentSport last week after the final of the five-match series.


Rogers smashed 84 in the decider at Bangabandhu Stadium last Monday, but his dismissal triggered the collapse of Zimbabwe as the young tourists went on to lose seven wickets for a paltry 37 to total 197 all out.


“We lost wickets at crucial times in the deciding match and that sadly ended our hopes after we had started brilliantly in the series,” said Rogers.


The left-hander was earlier named man of the match in the second one-dayer in Chittagong when he top-scored with 68, effected a run-out and claimed two wickets with his part-time spin.


Rogers has been Bangladesh’s nemesis, with all his five career half-centuries in one-day internationals coming against the Tigers since their visit to Zimbabwe last year.


“Yes, I have done well against Bangladesh, but it’s more of a case that I have played most games of my career against them,” Rogers said.


Rogers scored a massive 252 in the five one-dayers against Bangladesh to win US$500 and a floating trophy for being the best batsman in the tournament, a remarkable achievement since making his debut with 13 runs against Pakistan in November 2002.


His exploits at the crease eventually won him the overall player-of-the-series award, which came with a US$1 000 cheque.


The promising 22-year-old batsman is yet to make his mark on the Test arena as he was run out on five and skittled for a duck in the second innings of his debut against Bangladesh earlier last month. Rogers only managed 29 and 20 in the second drawn Test that ultimately also gave the populous country its maiden Test series victory.


A product of the CFX Academy, Rogers made an important decision in his career in November
when he abandoned a protest by 15 white players against Zimbabwe Cricket to return to the national fold. After only 12 one-day internationals in his career so far, Rogers appears to be one of the key players Zimbabwe’s future in international cricket hinges upon.

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