One of the biggest problem for Zimbabwe in the ongoing limited over series is their batting. Their highest score in the ODI series was a paltry 168 and as a result, they were blanked 3-0 by their superior visitors in the ODI series. Leaving the ODI disappointment behind, they gave an inspired performance in the first T-20 to shock the Indian team by 2 runs. However, in the second T-20, they were once again pegged back by a poor batting display. The African team could score only 99 runs which the Indian team achieved without losing a single wicket.
Zimbabwe coach Makhaya Ntini, who has been very vocal with Zimbabwe’s performance in the series, once again rued the poor batting display by the home side.
“Shot selection, it’s one of the things that I and Zulu (Lance Klusener) are trying to correct and put in them. You don’t win a game over one shot. You don’t score a 100 over one shot. If someone gets out before you, you are supposed to be the one that takes charge of the game and corrects the mistake that the other one has made,” Nitini said in a post-match press conference.
He lamented the poor shot selection and lack of maturity by the Zimbabwe batsmen.
“It comes with maturity of the batters we have and the experience. You look at Hamilton (Masakadza), the way he got, that’s not the way he should’ve got out. If he could stay there for 10 overs, he could’ve scored 70 with ease. Yes, Chamu (Chibhabha) took on the field and it hit the toe end of the bat and he got out, that could’ve been 6 or 4 too.
“But the rest of us, look at (Sikandar) Raza, come on. You see there’s a guy put there and you’re guiding the ball there. Where is the maturity?,” he rued.
The Zimbabwe batsmen paid the price for being over-ambitious. Their desire to clear the fence at every ball brought their downfall.
“Those are kind of things we need to get the things into their head. You don’t do things for the sake of doing it. Think of the guy who is coming after you. If you can control the eager, this country could be the best ever in cricket,” Nitini claimed.