Masakadza rolls back the hands of time

Farirayi Kahwemba

Former Chevrons batsman Hamilton Masakadza has shown some flashes of brilliance that saw him become one of the most successful cricketers ever produced in Zimbabwe.

Masakadza – who retired from international cricket – scored 120 runs from 100 balls for Takashinga Patriots 1 in a match against Takashinga Patriots 2.

The exciting match was played on August 7 in Highfield. Masakadza’s explosive innings – punctuated by eight sixes and seven fours – helped his team to post a competitive total of 230 runs for nine wickets.

However, Takashinga Patriots 2 replied strongly during their innings. Aliakbar Hamid (58) and Prince Masvaure (44) helped the team to a solid total of 142 for two when play was stopped because of bad light.

Takashinga Patriots 2 were declared winners of the match through the Duckworth-Lewis method.

However, it was Masakadza’s performance with the bat – more than anything else – that became a major talking point of the match afterwards.

He rolled back the hands of time and reminded spectators why he is one of the most accomplished cricket players to emerge from Zimbabwe.

In 2009, Masakadza scored an unbeaten 178 for Zimbabwe against Kenya – his highest score in international cricket. He is best remembered for his 119 runs against West Indies in Harare at the age of 17 years and 354 days to become the youngest player to score a test century on debut.

All in all, Masakadza represented Zimbabwe in 38 tests, 209 one day internationals and 62 T20 internationals. He has scored 10 centuries and 42 half centuries across all three formats of the

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