Another cricketer in hall of fame

Ntini made it into the South African cricket history books by demolishing Australia with 6 wickets for 22 runs, and he was also the first black cricketer for the southern country. Zimbabwe’s top order batsman Vusimuzi Sibanda could not be left out and became the first black cricketer to score a century for his country in an ODI after he was dismissed for 116 against Tobago. Sibanda scored 116 off 137 balls in the final of the International Cricket Council Tri-Nation tournament involving Trinidad and Canada. Former Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu’s unbeaten 96 against Sri Lanka at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on April 20 two years ago had been the highest score by a black batsman for Zimbabwe in the ODI history. Sibanda was also named man-of-the-match in the last game of Zimbabwe’s month long tour of the Caribbean, which also included a seven-match ODI series against the West Indies who won the series 5-0. The youthful batsman could not hide his joy for making history in his county’s ODI matches. “There is nothing better than realising a dream,” said Sibanda shortly after the teams’ arrival from their tour of West Indies on Tuesday morning. In the second game of the tournament, also against Trinidad and Tobago, the right-hand batsman was the second highest scorer after Brandon Taylor who scored 98 runs with Sibanda as he made 78. “Well I was a bit upset when I was taken out for 78 in the second game of the tournament and I actually told the coach (Kevin Curran) that I would make up for the final. “When I was batting I only told myself that I should stick to the basics and I guess that was the key to the century because I felt great to become the first black Zimbabwean to score an ODI century. “When I was taken out we still had 26 overs left and maybe I could have done better. But soon we are going to host Bangladesh and I am hoping that I will keep on with the form,” said Sibanda. Sibanda was born on October 10 in 1983 in the high-density suburb of Highfields in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. The right-handed top order batsman showed potential as a teenager, graduating from the Zimbabwe Cricket Academy and being fast-tracked into the national team following the depature of some senior players.

June 2006
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