This year is the 25th anniversary of Zimbabwe’s first-ever Test success, a victory over Pakistan at Harare Sports Club.
We are looking back at that famous win for the Chevrons and who were the heroes in that match in 1995.
Background Leading into the Pakistan Series
Three years prior to that momentous occasion in Harare, Zimbabwe were granted Test status by the ICC. This was a huge step in Zimbabwe cricket as it meant they were equals with the likes of England, Australia and India on the international stage.
As expected, results were difficult to come by in the early stages of having Test status. They had lost four and drawn six of their 10 matches before Pakistan arrived in Zimbabwe for their tour in 1995.
Grant Flowers Shines for the Chevrons
Zimbabwe have the Flowers brothers to thank for a large part of their success in the 90s. Andy and Grant were exceptional for their country, including in the victory over Pakistan.
In the opening innings of the match, Zimbabwe reached 544/4 before declaring. Grant opened the batting and hit an unbeaten double century. Andy came in later in the batting order where he scored 156 runs.
Zimbabwe bowled Pakistan out for 322 in their reply to that mammoth score. The visitors followed on but could only score 158 in their second innings.
Grant was named the Player of the Match for his incredible knock which put Zimbabwe on the front foot from the opening session of the game.
Impact of Maiden Test Success
Zimbabwe had to wait another three years to get their first-ever Test series win and it came overseas against Pakistan.
The visitors came out on top 1-0 in the three-match series. They won the Fest Test by seven wickets. The Second Test was a draw, while the final match of the series was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
The maiden victory against Pakistan on home soil sparked a great deal of confidence in the team in all forms of the game. This was evident at the 1999 World Cup where Zimbabwe qualified into the Super Six. They had wins over India and South Africa in that tournament and only just missed out on a place in the semi-finals by one point.
Zimbabwe continue to be a dangerous team in the 50-overs game even to this day. They will be hoping to qualify for the 2023 edition of the tournament where they can be backed in the cricket betting at odds of +50000.
Latest Test Team
It has been 16 years since Zimbabwe last won a Test series. They defeated Bangladesh 1-0 in a two-match series at home. They now have a potential tour of Australia to look forward to later in 2020.
The Chevrons have put in respectable performances in their last two series. They drew with Bangladesh 1-1 at the back end of 2019, while in their latest series, they went down 1-0 to Sri Lanka at home.
With a young squad that is gaining more experience every time they play, the future is bright for Zimbabwe. If they can continue to improve on the field, it won’t be long before they are picking up big wins again, just like their success over Pakistan 25 years ago.