A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned in one of the posts that Zimbabwe had been not as hopeless against SA in the ODI series. Most of it was based around the fact that the team once again had Taibu in the ranks, to support the only other real class player, Taylor.
Taibu failed today, but Taylor didnt. Neither did any of Chigambura, Sibanda, Masakadza or even Chibhabha, as Zimbabwe pulled off an amazing victory against Australia, only their second against the champs in their entire cricketing history in any official format.
There is not much to comment, and I am not sure what to write. A month ago we were talking about taking all of Zimbabwe’s funds and giving them to the associates like Kenya (who created a world record for the lowest 20 20 total today, and also were just throwing their bats around, torturing people like me who were watching their performance at 2 am). We were also laughing off when Mali said that Zim can be world champs in a couple of years.
Well….. lets not get carried away. This victory doesnt mean Zim is better than Aus. It doesnt mean they are world champs, it doesnt mean that their board shouldnt do much much more. It doesnt say anything about Zim’s ODI and Test performance either. And Zim do have a weak bowling attack, no matter what happenned today. And the victory definitely doesnt mean that ICC should not give extra funds to the associates. What it does state is…. that the ICC was right in not completely running away from Zim cricket.
Its just one game…. sure. Its 20 20 format….. sure. But it is still Zim beating Aus at cricket, and continuously staying on top of them for 3 hours. If Zim hold on to their players, which somehow I think they will after this victory, they can become a better team in the future.