Hamilton Masakadza

Country: Zimbabwe
Born: August 09, 1983, Harare
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Top order Batter

Hamilton Masakadza Bio

Hamilton Masakadza is a highly talented and accomplished cricket player from Zimbabwe. Born on August 9, 1983, Masakadza made his mark on the international cricket scene at a young age, becoming the youngest batsman ever to score a century on his Test debut.

As a schoolboy at Churchill High School in Harare, Masakadza achieved this incredible feat at the age of 17 years and 254 days, against West Indies in 2000-01. He batted at No. 3 instead of his usual opening position and played a composed innings of 119. This remarkable performance played a significant role in saving the match for Zimbabwe, as they had conceded a first-innings lead of 216.

During the same year, Masakadza also became the youngest Zimbabwean to score a first-class century, marking a historic moment as he became the first black player in Zimbabwe to achieve this feat. His talent and potential were evident from an early age, and he quickly became a beacon of hope for Zimbabwean cricket.

Following his outstanding debut, Masakadza put his professional cricket career on hold for three years to pursue a course at the University of the Free State. However, an agreement was reached that he would still be available for Zimbabwe if required. After struggling to maintain his form playing against club opposition in South Africa, Masakadza was recalled to the national team due to the Rebel crisis.

Masakadza’s return to the international scene brought mixed results, but he consistently showcased technical prowess and dedication to his craft. His batting technique stood out during Zimbabwe’s tour of South Africa, where he displayed an application that was lacking in his teammates.

Initially criticized for his inability to score quickly, Masakadza steadily improved his skills in one-day cricket. The year 2009 proved to be a milestone year for him, as he scored over 1000 runs in ODIs at an average of 43.48 and a strike rate of 88.08. One of his standout performances came against Kenya, where he became the first batsman to score 150 or more twice in the same one-day series, with scores of 156 and 178 not out.

In August 2011, Masakadza played a crucial role in Zimbabwe’s comeback to Test cricket after a six-year hiatus. He scored his second Test century, a decade after his first, against Bangladesh. Over the years, Masakadza has exhibited versatility as a batsman, adding a hook and pull shot to his repertoire.

Not only is Masakadza renowned for his cricketing skills, but he has also brought value to the Zimbabwean team as a calm and amiable presence. Amidst tumultuous times, his demeanor has proven to be an asset to the team’s dynamics.

Despite reaching the peak of his career after turning 30, Masakadza never had the opportunity to participate in a World Cup until 2015. This marked a well-deserved reward for his consistent performances and contributions to Zimbabwean cricket.

Hamilton Masakadza’s cricketing journey is a testament to his talent, determination, and the barriers he has broken as a trailblazing black Zimbabwean player. His achievements on the pitch have made him an inspiration to young cricketers in Zimbabwe and beyond, showcasing that with hard work and dedication, dreams can become a reality.

Hamilton Masakadza Career Stats

Hamilton Masakadza Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 38 76 2 2223 158 30.04 5009 44.38 5 8 264 23 29 0
T20Is 66 66 2 1662 93* 25.96 1418 117.2 0 11 151 65 25 0
ODIs 209 208 4 5658 178* 27.73 7728 73.21 5 34 585 86 71 0
FC 140 251 11 9564 208* 39.85 - - 23 44 - - 124 0
List A 345 343 22 10532 178* 32.8 - - 9 70 - - 139 0
T20s 130 129 15 3958 162* 34.71 3128 126.53 4 29 326 166 57 0

Hamilton Masakadza Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 38 24 1164 489 16 3/24 3/24 30.56 2.52 72.7 0 0 0
T20Is 66 9 72 113 2 1/4 1/4 56.5 9.41 36 0 0 0
ODIs 209 85 1844 1636 39 3/39 3/39 41.94 5.32 47.2 0 0 0
FC 140 - 4130 1831 62 4/11 - 29.53 2.66 66.6 - 0 0
List A 345 - 3350 2856 86 4/36 4/36 33.2 5.11 38.9 3 0 0
T20s 130 29 336 380 19 2/6 2/6 20 6.78 17.6 0 0 0

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