Full name Mpumelelo Mbangwa
Born June 26, 1976, Plumtree, Matabeleland
Current age 40 years 271 days
Major teams Zimbabwe, Mashonaland, Matabeleland
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Other Coach, Commentator
|Test debut||Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Faisalabad, Oct 24-26, 1996 scorecard|
|Last Test||Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Harare, Sep 19-23, 2000 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Lahore, Nov 1, 1996 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Zimbabwe at Colombo (RPS), Sep 18, 2002 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Mashonaland v Matabeleland at Harare, Sep 19-22, 2003 scorecard|
|List A debut||1995/96|
|Last List A||Manicaland v Matabeleland at Harare, Feb 12, 2004 scorecard|
Pommie Mbangwa's rise to prominence was all the more remarkable as he had no family background in cricket. A little short of the top pace, he was primarily a line-and-length bowler, using both seam and swing, with the away-swinger his stock ball. He spent a year at school in England, and in 1996 he went to Madras for coaching by Dennis Lillee; on his return he was offered a place in the Plascon Academy in South Africa, which he attended from April to September 1996. A surprise choice for the Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan in 1996-97, he made his Test debut after the first choice bowlers were injured but made the most of his opportunity, taking the vital wickets of Ijaz Ahmed and Wasim Akram. But thereafter he struggled to maintain consistency, and his lack of pace meant that he was easy picking for international batsmen. He drifted in and out of the side, before disappearing from the international scene. In 2001 he started television commentary, where his quiet thoughtful views were well received, and in 2005 he ended a brief foray into coaching by commiting full-time to his TV career. He was one of international cricket's genuine No. 11s.
Martin Williamson April 2005
Three days ahead of the fourth Test, the surface at the HPCA Stadium wore a smattering of grass. Will that, or Mohammed Shami's availability, subject to fitness, change India's combination?
Stats highlights from the fourth day in Ranchi, where Cheteshwar Pujara batted for ages and the Australians toiled like they haven't had to in many years
Did Virat Kohli get his tactics right on the final day in Ranchi? Going by his fast bowlers' lines and R Ashwin's late introduction, the Indian captain took a few puzzling calls
For the third time this home season, the team took the lead after its opposition put up 400 batting first but the Ranchi effort was special
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
South Africa are set to play 14 Tests in nine months soon, so both fast bowlers, despite being sent home from New Zealand, should not lose hope
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?
Under duress again, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim forged a match-winning partnership and contributed in the second innings to help Bangladesh create history