Douglas Hondo

Country: Zimbabwe
Born: July 07, 1979, Bulawayo
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Bowler

Douglas Hondo Bio

Douglas Tafadzwa Hondo, born on January 26, 1980, in Harare, Zimbabwe, is a former professional cricket player known for his skillful bowling and occasional contributions with the bat. Hondo was considered one of the standout cricketers to have emerged from Churchill Boys High School in Harare, a renowned institution that has produced several talented Zimbabwean Test cricketers.

Hondo’s cricket journey began in 2001 when he made his Test debut for Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka, becoming the third Churchill alumnus to achieve this feat following Tatenda Taibu and Hamilton Masakadza. A swing bowler with the ability to generate movement off the pitch, Hondo’s potential caught the attention of cricket experts and fans worldwide.

In an effort to refine his skills, Hondo attended Dennis Lillee’s highly respected pace-bowling academy in Chennai, India. The experience proved invaluable, enhancing his technique and elevating his game to new heights. Hondo’s talent was further honed through stints playing club cricket in both England and Australia, exposing him to different playing conditions and helping him gain valuable experience on foreign soil.

Hondo’s true breakthrough came in March 2002, when he was called up to the national squad for a tour in India. In his very first match, he made an immediate impact by taking four wickets in the third One Day International (ODI), earning him the well-deserved Man of the Match award. This memorable performance set the tone for his future successes on the international stage.

Later that year, Hondo played a crucial role in the ICC Champions Trophy, where he claimed two exceptional four-wicket hauls against formidable opponents India and England. These impressive displays further solidified his reputation as a potent bowler and garnered him considerable recognition within the cricketing community.

While primarily known for his bowling prowess, Hondo never underestimated his batting ability. A self-proclaimed all-rounder, he often surprised opponents with his resilience and determination at the crease, delivering significant scores when his team needed it most. Despite his batting skills, Hondo’s club, Universals, designated him as their No. 11 player.

Throughout his career, Hondo faced numerous setbacks due to various injuries. From intercostal muscle strains to missing toenails, these obstacles hindered his progress and prevented him from reaching his full potential. However, Hondo’s commendable temperament and unwavering determination to succeed remained intact, allowing him to overcome adversity and continue to make an impact on the cricket field.

Unfortunately, Hondo’s future in the sport faced uncertainty when doctors diagnosed him with a stress fracture in his back, a severe injury that threatened his career. Just as Hondo began his challenging road to recovery, he found himself embroiled in a controversial dispute with the cricket board over a demand to shave his dreadlocks. This disagreement led to his abrupt departure from the game, leaving many fans and teammates disappointed.

Despite the premature end to his cricketing journey, Hondo left an indelible mark on Zimbabwean cricket. His bowling skills, tenacity, and remarkable performances against top cricketing nations solidified his reputation as one of Zimbabwe’s most talented players. Though his career was cut short, his contribution to the game will forever be remembered.

Douglas Tafadzwa Hondo’s legacy will continue to inspire future generations of Zimbabwean cricketers, as his dedication and passion for the sport remain an enduring testament to his remarkable talent.

Douglas Hondo Career Stats

Douglas Hondo Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 9 15 6 83 19 9.22 338 24.55 0 0 11 0 5 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 56 29 12 127 17 7.47 249 51 0 0 14 0 15 0
FC 50 74 25 651 85* 13.28 - - 0 3 - - 28 0
List A 102 50 25 286 39* 11.44 - - 0 0 - - 29 0
T20s 12 6 3 29 10 9.66 33 87.87 0 0 3 0 4 0

Douglas Hondo Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 9 13 1486 774 21 6/59 6/96 36.85 3.12 70.7 0 1 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 56 56 2381 2171 61 4/37 4/37 35.59 5.47 39 3 0 0
FC 50 - 7344 3628 133 6/59 - 27.27 2.96 55.2 - 3 0
List A 102 - 4381 3757 124 4/32 4/32 30.29 5.14 35.3 4 0 0
T20s 12 12 210 255 9 3/15 3/15 28.33 7.28 23.3 0 0 0

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