Elton Chigumbura

Country: Zimbabwe
Born: March 14, 1986, Kwekwe, Midlands
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Allrounder

Elton Chigumbura Bio

Elton Chigumbura, hailing from Zimbabwe, is a cricketer who has established himself as one of the country’s premier all-rounders. Born on March 14, 1986, Chigumbura’s journey to success in the world of cricket began at a young age.

Chigumbura’s talent was evident from the start, making his first-class debut for Mashonaland in the Logan Cup at the tender age of 15, in 2002. He quickly caught the attention of cricket enthusiasts and became a product of the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) development program. Chigumbura’s love for the game was nurtured at Chipembere Primary School in the Highfield township of Harare.

Under the guidance of coach Stephen Mangongo, Chigumbura’s skills flourished, leading to him winning a ZCU scholarship to Churchill High School. During his time there, he represented Zimbabwe in two Under-19 World Cups, making a name for himself when he took four wickets in Zimbabwe’s unexpected victory over Australia in the Under-19 World Cup held in Bangladesh in 2004.

Chigumbura’s potential was recognized, and he was fast-tracked into the Zimbabwe national side, making his Test debut against Sri Lanka later that year. Although he initially struggled, he quickly improved and showcased his abilities during the Champions Trophy in 2005. In this tournament, he played a crucial role, scoring 57 runs and picking up three wickets against Sri Lanka.

Unfortunately, Chigumbura suffered a setback when he sustained a stress fracture in his back during the South Africa tour in March 2005. However, he persevered and made a successful return to the international stage after recovering from his injury. His consistent performances earned him a spot in the squad for the Africa XI vs. Asia XI games in 2007, where he impressed with his all-round skills.

Chigumbura’s standout moment came during the World Twenty20 tournament in South Africa, where Zimbabwe faced off against Australia. He played a vital role in Zimbabwe’s victory, removing both openers and playing crucial innings that ensured his team’s triumph.

In 2009, Chigumbura demonstrated his prowess in a home series against Kenya, tormenting the opposition bowlers with consecutive scores of 79, 68, 43, and 36. His performance extended beyond batting as he also picked up seven wickets during the series. Additionally, he played a significant role in guiding Zimbabwe to victory against Bangladesh in the ODI series.

Chigumbura’s skills were recognized beyond Zimbabwe’s borders when he signed up as Northamptonshire’s overseas player for the County Championship and 40-over league in March 2010. This opportunity allowed him to further hone his skills and gain valuable experience.

Chigumbura’s leadership abilities were acknowledged in 2011 when he took over as captain of the national side following Prosper Utseya’s resignation. Although he achieved initial success and led Zimbabwe to the finals of a home tri-series, his own form deteriorated, leading to his replacement by Brendan Taylor.

However, Chigumbura was not deterred and regained the limited-overs captaincy in July 2014 as part of ZC’s plan to split leadership responsibilities. Known for his hard-hitting batting style, Chigumbura’s lofted drives have become a trademark shot, and he is also recognized as a proficient and agile outfielder.

Off the field, Chigumbura is admired for his dedication and commitment to the game. With an illustrious career that continues to evolve, cricket enthusiasts and fans alike eagerly anticipate further contributions from this talented Zimbabwean cricketer.

Elton Chigumbura Career Stats

Elton Chigumbura Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 14 27 0 569 88 21.07 1133 50.22 0 4 67 6 6 0
T20Is 57 56 9 893 54* 19 635 140.62 0 3 61 53 22 0
ODIs 213 198 26 4340 117 25.23 5423 80.02 2 19 343 106 72 0
FC 107 185 11 5600 186 32.18 - - 6 37 - - 51 0
List A 339 308 49 7253 117 28 - - 4 39 - - 111 0
T20s 155 149 38 2477 103* 22.31 1885 131.4 1 8 140 133 60 0

Elton Chigumbura Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 14 22 1806 966 21 5/54 6/133 46 3.2 86 1 1 0
T20Is 57 21 276 427 16 4/31 4/31 26.68 9.28 17.2 1 0 0
ODIs 213 132 4339 4274 101 4/28 4/28 42.31 5.91 42.9 1 0 0
FC 107 - 11048 6036 209 5/33 - 28.88 3.27 52.8 11 4 0
List A 339 - 6544 6217 167 6/24 6/24 37.22 5.7 39.1 3 1 0
T20s 155 87 1359 1907 77 5/13 5/13 24.76 8.41 17.6 4 1 0

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