Pommie Mbangwa

Country: Zimbabwe
Born: June 26, 1976, Plumtree, Matabeleland
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Bowler

Pommie Mbangwa Bio

Mpumelelo Mbangwa, popularly known as Pommie Mbangwa, is a former Zimbabwean cricketer who rose to prominence in the international cricketing arena. Born on June 26, 1976, in Harare, Zimbabwe, Mbangwa carved a name for himself as a bowler known for his line-and-length deliveries and the ability to swing the ball.

Unlike many cricketers, Mbangwa did not come from a family with a cricketing background. Nevertheless, he was determined to excel in the sport and worked hard to achieve success. Though not blessed with express pace, he compensated with his accuracy and skillful use of seam and swing. His stock ball was the away-swinger, which troubled many top batsmen during his career.

Mbangwa’s passion for cricket led him to England, where he spent a year at a school honing his skills. In 1996, he traveled to Madras, India for coaching under the tutelage of legendary fast bowler Dennis Lillee. The experience had a significant impact on his game. Upon his return, Mbangwa grabbed an opportunity to attend the Plascon Academy in South Africa from April to September 1996.

His impressive performances and dedication paid off when he was unexpectedly selected for the Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan in the 1996-97 season. Given a chance to represent his country in Test cricket due to injuries to the first-choice bowlers, Mbangwa made the most of the opportunity. In his debut Test match, he bagged vital wickets, including that of Ijaz Ahmed and Wasim Akram. This early success showcased his potential as a bowler capable of troubling even the best batsmen in the world.

However, Mbangwa’s journey in international cricket was not without its challenges. Struggling to maintain consistency, his lack of pace made him an easier target for established batsmen. Despite his periodic appearances in the national side, Mbangwa struggled to cement his place due to a combination of form and team dynamics. Eventually, he disappeared from the international cricket scene.

In 2001, Mbangwa made a transition from the cricket field to the commentary box. His calm and thoughtful views on the game garnered widespread appreciation from cricket fans. His expertise and analytical approach made him a respected figure in the world of cricket commentary. Mbangwa’s eloquence and ability to bring alive the excitement of the matches earned him acclaim from viewers worldwide.

While his TV career took center stage, Mbangwa briefly experimented with coaching in 2005. However, he decided to commit full-time to his television career, leaving coaching behind. His deep understanding of the game and ability to communicate effectively translated well to his role as a commentator.

Throughout his career, Mbangwa was hailed as one of international cricket’s genuine No. 11s. He epitomized determination and resilience, overcoming the odds to make a mark on the cricketing world. Today, his legacy lives on, not only through his commentary but also as an inspiration for aspiring cricketers in Zimbabwe and beyond. Mbangwa’s contributions to the sport are indelible, firmly placing him among the celebrated cricketers from his country.

Pommie Mbangwa Career Stats

Pommie Mbangwa Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 15 25 8 34 8 2 193 17.61 0 0 3 0 2 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 29 13 6 34 11 4.85 56 60.71 0 0 2 1 3 0
FC 62 79 32 324 31* 6.89 - - 0 0 - - 21 0
List A 64 30 11 88 28 4.63 - - 0 0 - - 17 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Pommie Mbangwa Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 15 24 2596 1006 32 3/23 6/63 31.43 2.32 81.1 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 29 29 1369 1140 11 2/24 2/24 103.63 4.99 124.4 0 0 0
FC 62 - 8627 3580 126 6/14 - 28.41 2.48 68.4 - 2 1
List A 64 - 2871 2067 38 3/29 3/29 54.39 4.31 75.5 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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