Brendan Taylor June 10, 2012

Happy in Harare

First hundreds of different kinds, and more

First Test hundred
It was exceptionally special as it came in a win. It was against Bangladesh last year. The match was extremely satisfying. We worked so hard to get to where we were and we stuck together and it paid off in the end. It was an awesome feeling, but there's still a way to climb and a lot to learn.

First cricketing hero
Andy Flower. He's just the best player to ever play for Zimbabwe.

First win in a Twenty20 international
It was against Australia, in Cape Town. It didn't really sink in. Vusi Sibanda, my opening partner, got off to a flier and took the pressure off me. We weren't chasing a big total, just 139, so it only required me to bat through the innings.

First trip outside Africa to play cricket
To England for the Under-15 World Cup in 2000. I remember, it was played at top private schools. It was very nerve-racking to be playing against cricketers who had developed so much quicker than us. That was challenging but a big stepping stone for my career.

First international hundred in a winning cause
The match in which I got my second ODI hundred. It was against Sri Lanka, and we got over the line by eight wickets. Unfortunately a couple of my hundreds have been in games we lost, so this one sticks out. It's certainly a lot more special when you contribute to winning the game.

Faraz Sarwat is the cricket columnist for the Toronto Star and the author of The Cricket World Cup: History, Highlights, Facts and Figures