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India vs Pakistan FINAL

Sunday 18 June 17 @ The Oval
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Douglas Hondo

Douglas Tafadzwa Hondo (born July 7, 1979 in Bulawayo) is a Zimbabwean cricketer. He is a right-arm fast-medium swing bowler
Douglas Hondo is without a doubt one of Zimbabwe's biggest characters. With his dreadlocks and cheerful, bighearted style he epitomises the attitude of many Zimbabwean cricketers David Houghton thinks Douggie has an exemplary attitude and his club side in England, Lydney, reckoned him the best overseas player they had ever had. When he had finished at the academy he was placed with the Midlands team in Kwekwe. They were, and still are, the worst Logan Cup side, and Douggie was plagued by bad form, taking only 11 wickets at more than 50. Despite this he was, surprisingly, called up for the first Test versus South Africa. Douggie assumed he was to be a net bowler but he was bowling well in the nets and then the first choice, Brighton Watambwa, was injured and Douggie made his debut. He did not bowl well at all but he was not alone, for South Africa scored 600-3 dec. Douggie consoled himself because it was not just him getting hit. He did get Gary Kirsten out for 212, and at number 11 he supported Andy Flower's amazingly heroic innings of 142 and 199*. Douggie was very irritated to be given out in the second innings with Flower stranded on 199* but the general consensus was that it was a dodgy decision. Dropped for the second Test Douggie did play two ODIs against England but he was very inaccurate. Not wanted for the tours, Douggie was sent to play club cricket in Adelaide with Stuart Matsikenyeri. Here he worked on his accuracy and was rewarded by being called up to the squad in India for the three-match ODI series. He didn't play in the first two games but in the third he was a revelation, taking three wickets (Dinesh Mongia, Saurav Ganguly and VVS Laxman) and along with Pommie Mbangwa reduced India to 50-4. Douggie took the last wicket and Zimbabwe went on to win, with Douggie named as man of the match. Douggie then made it to the ICC Champions Trophy squad, taking more wickets against England and India. Douggie toured England in 2003 but didn't do spectacularly well. In his nine Tests so far Douggie has taken 21 wickets at 36, with 6-59 against Bangladesh in early 2005 his best performance. Douggie has to shoulder the burden of being the most experienced bowler in the team, and we hope he will do so admirably. if he can bowl as well as he did in Bangladesh Douggie could go "all the way" Douggie has sadly not played an international match since his successful tour to Bangladesh, because of recurring back injuries. When he has recovered he should for a part of the new ball attack for Zimbabwe for some time.

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Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.