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Cricket brothers make dad proud

Once that releases you, you are sure to confine your interest to an equally large picture which features President Robert Mugabe shaking Kingstone’s son Shingi’s  hand during the all-rounder’s days at Kutama College.

There are several other pictures and hang- ups in the room, but those you can be forgiven for missing, yet they all have interesting stories about both cricketers.

There is another photograph that features Hamilton with President Mugabe and the national team. The other shows wicketkeeper-batsman Tatenda Taibu, yet these are pictures that never would have been.

Maybe in their place would have been graduation day pictures of Kingstone’s sons.

A nasty face injury could have ended Hamilton’s hopes of a cricket future in his early days in the game.

He could never have played cricket again, for his father had ordered that that be his last piece of cricket action. Yet today Kingstone is a proud man with two sons playing in the national team and another, Wellington, making genuine signs of travelling  the same road.

Hamilton has all the success and all the records and a smoother career in the national team, yet Kingstone  believes it is Shingi, a footballer turned all-rounder, who will scale dizzier heights in the sport.

Hamilton already has two test centuries and three half tons while he has managed three hundreds and 18 half centuries in the One-Dayers.
More famous is his 2001 feat where he cracked a century on debut at  age 17.

 And if Shingi does succeed, it is Hamilton that he has to thank, for it is the opening batsman’s ability to balance well both the academics and sport that earned him a nod to continue with cricket from his father.

After dumping football boots to earn his keep in a game his brother has been successful in, Shingi’s career has in the last 12 months become more promising.

“For me Shingi will exceed expectations. I think he will prosper in this game more than his brother,” Kingstone told Power Play. “I am a proud father to have two sons playing for the national team, it’s every parent’s dream and I must say I am blessed to have the boys doing this.”

Kingstone has never played cricket, neither has he represented the country in any sporting discipline, yet the man is today a popular figure both at home and parts of the outside world.

“When the boys came back from New Zealand they told me they were surprised that I was so popular down there. They told me that so many Zimbabweans living in that country would come to them and ask after me. It is all because of what the boys are doing on the cricket scene,” he said.

Yet all this would not have been had it not been young Hamilton’s persistence that he be allowed to play cricket maintaining he had  aptitude to balance cricket and his books.

“I never imagined that one day my sons would make a good living out of sports, considering I was raised and educated in Chikomba.”

Hamilton was to change his father’ mindset when he was scouted by Bill Flower, father to former national team stars Andy and Grant, while at Mbizi primary school.

“It is then that they started to get serious and started touring outside the country. We were proud and happy because he still did well at school. But one day all that almost came to an end after he failed to come home on time and only arrived after 6pm. He was in the company of Mangongo (Steve) and he had a swollen face and a deep cut. Upon seeing that I made up my mind that this cricket thing was not good for him and I told him he would not be allowed to continue.” Kingstone said. 

It took Hamilton’s  mother’s intervention for his father to soften his stance and allow Hamilton to continue playing his preferred sport.

His career was to receive a major boost after  he passed his grade seven with flying colours, attaining three first grade passes and a two in Shona.
“After doing so well I wanted my son to go for his secondary education at either St Augustine’s or Kutama College,” said  Kingstone.

Yet Zimbabwe Cricket, who had started to pay Hamilton’s school fees, had planned for him to be enrolled at Churchill so they would continue to nurture his cricket talent.

“I supported him a lot. If he had to tour outside, I would provide some pocket money and he would bring us gifts from outside the country. As parents we were happy and proud of him.”

Then came the record-shattering feat where Hamilton became the youngest Test centurion on debut against the West Indies.  —  Powerplay.


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