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Kenya v Zimbabwe, Group A, World Cup 2011, Kolkata

Disappointing farewell for Tikolo

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 20, 2011

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Steve Tikolo, the Kenya batsman, bowed out of international cricket on a disappointing note as his team exited the 2011 World Cup without a win to its name. Kenya were comprehensively beaten by Zimbabwe in their last game, and Tikolo managed only 10 in response to an imposing 308. Zimbabwe and Canada were opponents Kenya would have had a realistic expectation of beating at the start of the tournament, but they found themselves at the receiving end of defeats in each of those games.

"I'm very disappointed as this was our last game of the tournament and we wanted to put in a good performance," Tikolo said at the end of the game. "We know we didn't do that, especially with the ball up front. And in our batting we lost wickets at regular intervals and we weren't able to build any meaningful partnerships."

Tikolo led Kenya in the match following an injury to regular captain Jimmy Kamande. He was trapped in front by Ray Price and walked back to the pavilion to applause from the Zimbabwe players and the smattering of spectators across the sprawling Eden Gardens. It was an emotional exit for Tikolo, who in a recent interview with ESPNcricinfo had admitted that Kenyan cricket was "at its lowest ebb" at the moment.

Tikolo represented Kenya in 134 ODIs and was their captain in the 2003 World Cup when they qualified for the semi-finals, beating Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe along the way. He was also part of one of Kenyan cricket's finest moments, when the national team beat West Indies in Pune in the 1996 World Cup.

Steve Tikolo celebrates his half-century, Kenya v Scotland, Kenya T20 Tri-Series, 6th match, Nairobi, February 4, 2010
Steve Tikolo ended a 15-year career with Kenya © Thota Sreenivas

"There have been ups and downs but I've enjoyed every moment," Tikolo said of his career. "I represented my country with a lot of pride and that was the case whenever I went out to play.

"If the younger players move forward from this World Cup, take the positives and work on the negatives, that will be a good thing."

The lack of exposure against the top teams has cost Kenya, Tikolo said. "In 2003, we had a team that had been together since 1996. We gelled well as players and had been playing good cricket all along, and had fought well against top teams.

"Things changed after 2003 as we hardly played top teams. I think we last played Pakistan in 2004 and Australia in 2003. When you meet them in big tournaments it does not do your confidence any good."

He added that Kenyan cricket's domestic structure had to change to make the country's cricketers more competitive. "Back at home, we need to revamp the local structure. Youngsters need to play three-day and four-day cricket."


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Posted by Hassan on (March 21, 2011, 13:14 GMT)

I will remember Tikolo of Kenya the way I remember Houghton of Zimbabwe, Duleep Mendis of Sri Lanka, Kardar of Pakistan, and Akram Khan of Bangladesh. Statistics would never highlight them, but these were the players that made their nations believe, sometimes with just one performance that matttered.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 21, 2011, 10:39 GMT)

Well batted, Steve Tikolo, without doubt the finest batsman ever to grace the field from outside the ranks of the Test playing nations. OF COURSE you were not at your best in this tournament, because you were reaching a year or two too far into middle age - one suspoects out of loyalty. Might you, at your best, have played Test Cricket for South Africa, had you set out your stall to do that ? To be fair, probably not - but Zimbabwe would have neen an option, and you'd have been a star there in your heyday. But you didn't do that, you were more loyal to the land of your birth that to your Bank balance - a rare virtue these days. If and when Kenya completes the long road to Test-playing status your name will be prominent amongst those who got them there. Well done, good and faiithful servant ..........

Posted by Syed Arbab on (March 21, 2011, 9:36 GMT)

He used to play some great timings shorts both against fast & spin, even in his last innings.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 21, 2011, 6:24 GMT)

The end of the Kenyan delight; Fare thee well Steve Tikolo, you are and will be a legend.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 21, 2011, 4:01 GMT)

Tikolo Man We Will Remember You .. I Always Appreciate Ur Efforts For Ur Home Land, Kenya Will Rock This World, Have A Blessed Life ..

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 20, 2011, 23:09 GMT)

Steve Tikolo is one of those cricketers that make sthe game proud. He has represented Kenya with pride and success. We wish him many good years ahead and hope he stays in support of the game and the next generation of Kenyan players

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 20, 2011, 21:39 GMT)

one man army... he is a real cricket warrior . give ur best for the rest of life :)

Posted by Manish on (March 20, 2011, 20:20 GMT)

One of the best Batsman from NON TEST Playing country.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 20, 2011, 20:20 GMT)

Good luck for the future Steve.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 20, 2011, 18:52 GMT)

Disappointing end to a great career...........

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