Prosper Utseya

Country: Zimbabwe
Born: March 26, 1985, Harare
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Bowler

Prosper Utseya Bio

Prosper Utseya is a talented cricketer hailing from Zimbabwe. Born on March 26, 1985, in the Harare township of Highfield, Utseya’s cricket journey began at Chipembere Primary School. Displaying immense potential, he was awarded a Zimbabwe Cricket Union scholarship to Churchill High School, where his skills flourished.

At the tender age of 15, Utseya made his debut in first-class cricket, opening the batting for Mashonaland A. This early exposure to the domestic circuit showcased his abilities and set the stage for his debut in international cricket in 2004. Utseya was unexpectedly called up to the Zimbabwe national team against Sri Lanka when senior players withdrew. This marked a turning point in his career.

Despite the tumultuous state of Zimbabwean cricket in those years, Utseya secured a place in the national side and succeeded Terry Duffin as the team’s captain in 2006. This appointment surprised many, considering his young age and limited experience. However, Utseya’s leadership skills shone through as he guided the team through challenging times.

His breakout moment as a bowler came during the tour to West Indies in 2006. Despite his lack of experience, Utseya’s flight and spin caught opposition batsmen off guard, earning him accolades and recognition. However, Zimbabwean cricket struggled during subsequent years, leading Utseya to step down as captain after the World Twenty20 in 2010, with the goal of facilitating the team’s future development.

Relieved of his captaincy duties, Utseya focused on refining his skills. He formed a formidable spin-bowling partnership with Ray Price, complementing each other’s strengths while opening the bowling together when conditions favored it. Utseya transformed into a valuable limited-overs cricketer, combining economical bowling with agile fielding and a gutsy batting approach.

Utseya etched his name in Zimbabwean cricket history with several standout performances. In August 2014, he became only the second Zimbabwean to claim an ODI hat-trick, taking 5 for 36 against South Africa. Notably, during the same series, he played a vital role in Zimbabwe’s first ODI victory over Australia in 31 years, hitting a towering six off Mitchell Starc. This momentous win solidified Utseya’s place in the annals of Zimbabwean cricket.

However, adversity struck soon after when his bowling action was deemed illegal. Utseya faced the challenge head-on, drastically trimming his action to comply with regulations and transforming himself into a bowler of slow-medium cutters. Despite this setback, he continued to contribute to the national team and showcase his adaptability.

Utseya’s remarkable career journey is a testament to his tenacity, versatility, and commitment to the sport. He has left an indelible mark on Zimbabwean cricket and continues to inspire young cricketers with his unwavering determination and love for the game.

Prosper Utseya Career Stats

Prosper Utseya Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 4 8 1 107 45 15.28 229 46.72 0 0 12 1 2 0
T20Is 35 21 9 94 13* 7.83 115 81.73 0 0 6 1 6 0
ODIs 164 132 48 1406 68* 16.73 2410 58.34 0 4 88 17 50 0
FC 82 137 9 2756 115* 21.53 6515 42.3 1 15 - - 33 0
List A 243 193 60 2092 68* 15.72 - - 0 5 - - 77 0
T20s 84 55 24 367 41* 11.83 420 87.38 0 0 21 9 24 0

Prosper Utseya Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 4 6 753 410 10 3/60 5/192 41 3.26 75.3 0 0 0
T20Is 35 35 749 858 26 3/25 3/25 33 6.87 28.8 0 0 0
ODIs 164 160 8571 6239 133 5/36 5/36 46.9 4.36 64.4 2 1 0
FC 82 - 14284 6509 217 7/56 - 29.99 2.73 65.8 8 8 2
List A 243 - 12220 8683 214 5/36 5/36 40.57 4.26 57.1 4 1 0
T20s 84 84 1818 1984 75 4/12 4/12 26.45 6.54 24.2 1 0 0

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