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Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza announced his retirement from international cricket. He played his last match on Friday (20th September) against Afghanistan. He handed over the last victory to the team with scoring 71 runs from just 42 balls. The player played 209 ODIs, 66 T20Is and 38 Test matches.
Masakadza had a break of three years in his career because he persuaded for studies. In 2011, he came back to the team and gained the same pace as previously after some time. In ODIs, he scored two 150 plus.
The player said goodbye with a victory. It was the team’s first victory in the T20I tri-series where they chase down the target of 156 easily. Winning the match with seven wickets as the top three batsmen set a good partnership, Afghanistan has to face their first defeat in tri-series.
He expressed that it is hard for a player to say farewell to the team. The last win for Masakadza was special as under his captaincy the team first time beat Afghanistan.
“It was super special. To lead the team to victory was really special and that too in my last game. Also, beating Afghanistan for the first time was special,” Masakadza said after the match.
Hamilton Masakadza felt special after both the team gave him respect in his last match. He said that his farewell would give other players the opportunity to lead the team. He has found talents in guys who can look after the team in his absence.
“It was a special feeling going through that guard of honour that the guys put up for me. I actually thought they would do it at the end of the game. For them to do when I am going out to bat was special,” Masakadza said.
“I am looking at (retirement) not really too much as a door closing for me, but as a door opening for someone else to come. We have got a lot of exciting guys to come through, especially for that opening slot. There is still experience around the team, and I am really confident that someone would put his hands up and grab the chances,” Masakadza added
Speaking about his further plan, the batsman opined that he would look forward to playing in domestic matches.