Zimbabwe Team in T20 World Cup 2022

Zimbabwe’s tryst with international cricket began in the early 80s and in a span of a decade, they had become a force to reckon with and were fully capable of defeating the top nations in white ball cricket. However, things changed in the mid 2000s, even leading to Zimbabwe losing its Test playing nation status for a while. Since then, despite numerous attempts to reach those heights again, Zimbabwe’s successes have been few and far between.

The team, however, began its tryst with T20 World Cup in a memorable fashion when they defeated Australia in the 2007 T20 World Cup. That win, it turned out later, had more to do with the Australian team being lacklustre than Zimbabwe being remarkable. The 2007 T20 World Cup appearance was the first of the five that Zimbabwe have made before their scheduled appearance in Australia later this year. Their win over Australia fifteen years ago remains their only high point in the tournament’s history.

They have qualified for the 2022 T20 World Cup after having missed out on qualifying for the 2021 World Cup. They secured a place for themselves in Group B by defeating Netherlands in the finals of the Qualifiers in Bulawayo. Their comprehensive win over Netherlands, despite being achieved in home conditions, will give them a lot of confidence ahead of their Australian adventure. However, the road ahead for them will not be easy as they will have to battle it out against Ireland, Scotland and West Indies in their quest to book a place for themselves in the Super 12s. Captain Craig Ervine, however, would know well that the conditions in Australia will be much different than what they experienced at home and replicating the same form would not be easy.

However, India couldn’t repeat those heroics again at the biggest stage and apart from managing a runners-up position in 2014, they have failed to come even close to the coveted T20 World Cup trophy. Under Virat Kohli, India’s performance in the 2021 T20 World Cup proved disappointing for the fans as they got knocked out of the tournament after suffering losses in their first two fixtures of the event.

In the 2022 edition, they will be led by Rohit Sharma who began his tenure as India’s T20I captain with series wins over Sri Lanka and West Indies. In Australia, however, the challenge for his team will be much bigger, and that would make fantasy gaming all the more fun for Indian fans who would be playing on MyCircle11 during the tournament.

India finds itself in Group 2 which also features their arch-rivals Pakistan along with another sub-continental team in the form of Bangladesh. South Africa, the team against whom India drew a recent home series 2-2 will also meet India in this group. Two more teams will join them from the qualifiers.

Zimbabwe Team T20 World Cup 2022 Schedule

Mon 17th Oct – 1:30 PM

Zimbabwe vs Ireland

Bellerive Oval, Hobart

Wed 19th Oct – 1:30 PM

Bellerive Oval, Hobart

Fri 21st Oct – 1:30 PM

Bellerive Oval, Hobart

Team Zimbabwe Captain

Hailing from a cricketing family, the 37 year-old Craig Ervine has been around for a decade and has been a consistent performer for the team. Although he had captained the team on a few occasions earlier, it was only in 2022 that he got the Zimbabwean captaincy as the board decided to make him the white ball captain and keep Sean Williams as the captain in Tests. Ervine’s experience came to the fore in the way he led the team in the Qualifiers and will hold him in good stead when the team starts its T20 World Cup campaign against Ireland. Although, one would also hope that the captain shows some urgency at the crease for his strike rate of less than 110 in T20Is doesn’t quite work, especially at the start of the innings.

Expected Zimbabwe Squad for the T20 World Cup

Craig Ervine

Batsman

Sean Williams

All-Rounder

Regis Chakabva

Wicket Keeper

Wesley Madhevere

All-Rounder

Sikander Raza

Batsman

Milton Shumba

Batsman

Ryan Burl

All-Rounder

Tony Munyonga

All-Rounder

Blessing Muzarabani

Bowler

Luke Jongwe

All-Rounder

Wellington Masakadza

Bowler

Richard Ngarava

Bowler

Innocent Kaia

All-Rounder

Tadiwanashe Marumani

Wicket Keeper / Batsman

Tendai Chatara

Bowler

Zimbabwe Team S.W.O.T Analysis

Strengths – Zimbabwe have been involved in a lot of T20 cricket action in the past few months leading up to the tournament. Before the qualifiers, they also played two T20I series, against Namibia and Afghanistan. Although they lost both the series, they did win the T20 World Cup Qualifiers, which can be seen as an indication of the team developing as a unit and gathering momentum. The team and its supporters would hope that they carry this momentum and deliver the goods on the stage where it matters the most. The team also gets a lot of balance due to the presence of several quality all-rounders like Sikander Raza and Ryan Burl.

Weaknesses – Zimbabwe, when up against a bigger opposition, often are found without answers in the face of an attack. Considering a lot of players don’t have the exposure of the biggest stage, it’s only natural for the nerves to come into play. However, that allows the game to drift away from them and in no time, they find themselves out of the contest even before the contest reaches the halfway mark.

Opportunities – Having failed to qualify for the 2021 T20 World Cup, Zimbabwe would be mighty pleased to have made it to the group stages. However, if they can proceed to the Super 12s, it would mean a lot to the team and would allow them to finally bury the ghosts of 2021. Moreover, both Williams and Ervine are at the fag end of their Zimbabwe careers and would like to make a mark in their final appearance on the T20 World Cup stage.

Threats – Zimbabwe finds itself in the group with Ireland, Scotland and West Indies. Although West Indies haven’t enjoyed the best of forms in the lead up to the tournament, their progress to the next round is almost a certainty. That means Zimbabwe would be locked in a battle with Ireland and Scotland for the second place on the points table. Ireland’s form has been excellent although the results might not show that as they managed to lose to India and New Zealand despite stretching both the teams.

Facts and Stats about the Zimbabwe Team

    • Among the current players, Sean Williams, who started his career for Zimbabwe as a teenager in 2006, has the most number of T20I runs. Williams has also picked a lot of wickets with his left arm spin and sits in the third place in the list of Zimbabwe bowlers with most wickets.
    • The list which has been talked about previously is led by Zimbabwean fast bowlers Tendai Chatara and Luke Jongwe.
    • Zimbabwe have achieved T20I wins over all the three Group B opponents at least once, including West Indies. In fact, they have defeated Ireland thrice in the past.

How to pick a team on My11Circle

When the T20 World Cup gets underway Down Under later this year, you will get the chance to make the most of your knowledge and understanding of the game as multiple matches mean you get to create multiple teams almost every day. So, how to make yourself a winning combination on My11Circle? Here’s how to do it.

Out of the 22 players who are involved in the match, you are supposed to pick 11 players to create your fantasy team. The 11 players should include batsmen, wicketkeeper, bowlers, and all-rounders.

After you have picked the 11 players, you would need to assign captaincy and vice captaincy to two of the players. It’s very important to take this decision with due consideration as the points that they will earn at the end of the match will get multiplied.

But you must pick all those players with just 100 credits in your kitty. All the players are assigned a certain value based on their form and stature, which would often mean that picking 11 of the highest rated players wouldn’t be possible with the budget of 100 credits.

So, use your knowledge of the game – conditions, form of cricketers, their performance against different kinds of oppositions – to predict the 11 top performing players of the match and pick them in your side.

So, what are you waiting for? Begin your preparations for the grand event and download the My11Circle app now to go up against fantasy gamers from around the world during the T20 World Cup 2022!

Frequently Asked Questions the About Zimbabwe Team

Who is the Zimbabwe captain for the 2022 T20 World Cup?

Craig Ervine.

When did Zimbabwe qualify for the 2022 T20 World Cup?

Zimbabwe were two of the last teams to qualify for the World Cup. They did so in July 2022 along with the Netherlands.

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