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Pommie Mbangwa
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Pommie Mbangwa

Zimbabwe
Pommie Mbangwa

INTL CAREER: 1996 - 2002

Full Name

Mpumelelo Mbangwa

Born

June 26, 1976, Plumtree, Matabeleland

Age

45y 166d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast medium

Other

Coach, Commentator

TEAMS

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

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test152583482.0019317.61003020
ODI2913634114.855660.71002130
FC62793232431*6.8900210
List A64301188284.6300170
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test152425961006323/236/6331.432.3281.1000
ODI292913691140112/242/24103.634.99124.4000
FC62862735801266/1428.412.4868.421
List A6428712067383/293/2954.394.3175.5000
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Photos


Anjum Chopra and Pommie Mbangwa share a moment in the commentary box
The commentary team for the final poses with the IPL trophy
The IPL commentary team poses for a photo
The commentary team for the IPL final
Pommie Mbangwa welcomes guests at the official launching of the Twenty20 World Championship
Ray Mali  is interviewed by Pommie Mbangwa,