Elton Chigumbura prepares to retire from international cricket after T20I series against Pakistan
Zimbabwe’s right-arm medium pacer and lower order batsman Elton Chigumbura has decided to hang up his shoes from the international circuit after the completion of the ongoing T20I series against Pakistan. The Man in Red is visiting Pakistan for a three-match ODI and T20 series. Zimbabwe and Pakistan The three one-day internationals were against each other from 30 October to 3 November at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, where the latter prevailed 2–1.
Former Zimbabwe captain Chigumbura did not get a place in the ODI team and had to heat the bench for three matches. However, Elton has been named in the playing XI of the first T20I against Pakistan, which is being played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium today. The remaining two T20Is scheduled for 8 November and 10 November at the same venue will be the last international outings in Chigumbura.
The ICC revealed the news of his retirement in a tweet that read, “Zimbabwean veteran Elton Chigumbura will retire at the end of the #PAKvZIM T20I series running from international cricket. In a 16-year career, he made 281 appearances for Zimbabwe before today, scoring 5761 runs and taking 138 wickets. “
JUST IN: Zimbabwean legend Elton Chigumbura will retire from international cricket in the end #PAKvZIM T20I series.
In his 16-year career, he made 281 appearances for Zimbabwe before today, scoring 5761 runs and taking 138 wickets. pic.twitter.com/7AYQ8XAD5P
– ICC (@ICC) November 7, 2020
Elton Chigumbura’s cricket career
the former Zimbabwe Captain Elton Chigumbura started his journey in the cricket world at the age of 15. In 2002, he made his first-class debut for the Mashalanand Eagles and has since scored 5600 runs in 107 first-class games at an average of 32.2. 209 wickets in economy of 3.28.
Chigumbura represented Zimbabwe in two Under-19 World Cups. He made headlines during the 2004 U19 World Cup as he took four wickets against Australia. This earned him a national debut, as he achieved his ODI cap at the age of 18 in Sri Lanka on 20 April 2004, and then won the Test cap in May in the same protest. Elton made his T20I debut against Bangladesh on 28 November 2006.
In May 2010, Elton Chigumbura replaced Prosper Utseya as Zimbabwe’s captain and led the team to the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. However, they were replaced Brendan Taylor After Zimbabwe failed to reach the knock-out stage. Subsequently, Elton was handed the leadership of the limited-overs team in 2014, while Taylor was named as the Test captain. He stepped in as a captain in January 2016.
In his 16-year international career, the former captain scored 4340 and 852 runs in 54 and 54 Test matches in 213 ODIs and took 101 and 16 wickets respectively.