It was a difficult period, as many of their top players were uncertain about their future. Someone was satisfied. In the last qualifiers, he had numbers 4 vs 8 against the Netherlands in the final. Every time he took a wicket, the Bulawayo crowd was unruly. Naturally, both teams were guaranteed World Cup qualification once they won the semi-finals.
“It’s good to play again in the World Cup before I hang up my boots,” Reda told ESPNcricinfo. “It was hard to miss the last 50 World Cup matches. It was frustrating and painful not to play in the last T20 World Cup either. I think the top players were more relaxed than happy. [to qualify for this year’s World Cup]. There was a lot on our shoulders. There was a lot for the core group of players to do. Seeing us all make it happen is the most satisfying part of going to Australia.”
Reda said the goal was to do more than just qualify. They wanted to be the best among the teams in the playoffs to be ready for bigger things. A lot of that also came from the large crowds who showed up to watch them go back to where they thought they belonged.
“We wouldn’t have just qualified,” he said. “Our first goal was to qualify, but we aimed to win five out of five matches. Without question, we wanted to win the final. It was very important for us to become champions. It’s a different feeling to be champions for some tournaments. .It was great.
“The weekend crowd has always been great in Bulawayo and Harare. It was the biggest and loudest crowd I’ve ever seen in Bulawayo. Every time we took a part, the crowd just broke out. It was unbelievable.”
“Those feelings were always there. We couldn’t go to the World Cup by two [three] He recalls, “The nightmare of not being able to get through the last qualifier was always in the back of the head. People who were in the previous qualifiers and now in the base group, tried to stay in the present.
“We tried to prevent these feelings from affecting us. Those feelings were there. We didn’t deny that they existed. We just had to find a way to deal with them. Everyone had different ways of dealing with them. The fact that we could do that and ended up qualifying, is comforting.”
“It was hard to miss the last 50 World Cup matches. It was frustrating and painful not to play in the last T20 World Cup either. I think the top players were more relaxed than happy. [to qualify for this year’s World Cup]. “
“he is [Muzarabani] It came from very humble beginnings. “He has tasted success but he is still a very humble boy,” said Reda. “He is very respectful. He will get better and better, and I think he will be rewarded because he is an honest worker.
Zimbabwe also have a strong pool of experienced cricketers in the mix, thanks to Craig Irvin, Shawn Williams, Regis Chakapva and Tendai Shatara, who, with the exception of Raza, is out of action with a shoulder injury.
“Shatara was the spearhead in the bowling department,” he said. “Unfortunately, he broke his collarbone but we are praying that he will be fit for the World Cup. Regis Chakapva is a great player too. A very calm guy. We need him.
“We are delighted to have Shawn Williams back on the team. Craig is a silent soldier. He is calm and composed, a team man.”
“My first experience with Dave was great,” he said. “He has great confidence in his players. He has confidence in our abilities. Zulu [Lance Klusener, batting consultant] He was great with us the whole time. It’s great to have him back, he made a lot of difference in my career. shepherd [Makunura, fielding coach] and Stewart [Matsikenyeri, assistant coach] Fantastic too.”
“I thought from my old actions that it was a little difficult to change the differences,” he said. “I found out that I lost a lot of strength in my shoulder after the surgery. It might be a blessing in disguise. I hope to have better control of my changes within a year. I also realize that the economy of my career in T20s and T20s has gone down.”
For now, Raza is looking forward to a much busier stage in Zimbabwe. They play first with Bangladesh – an opposition that has taken hold of them in recent times – in three T20 matches starting on July 30 and followed by several open matches. India will be there too.
“It’s very exciting because now we’re looking at something,” Reda said. “All we are doing now is preparing for Australia. We want to be in the main tournament. We want to cause some disruption.
“We are trying to beat all these teams so we can create a culture, so that when we get to Australia we have a winning dressing room. It was great to see all the great players out there. [in the qualifier]. “
Muhammad Issam is the correspondent for ESPNcricinfo in Bangladesh. @ isam84