Zimbabwe colt is ready to fire

Published: Friday, November 10, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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Can you tell us something about you stint in the Zimbabwe Cricket Academy?

I learned everything about cricket at the Academy. There we learned how to handle the pressure in tough situations and how to come out triumphant. We have got a lot of guidance from Dave Houghton, who was a great Test batsman and he really helped a lot especially in my bowling.

Does fast bowling come naturally to you?

Yes, in fact, it runs in our family. My father was a fast bowler and the day Idecided to take the game seriously, I decided to be a fast bowler. Though I can spin the ball, my height and physique are such that I was inspired to a fast bowler.

Do you have any role model as a fast bowler?

I don't have anyone as role model. But definitely if I am asked to model my game then I would model the game as an all-rounder and I would like to model it around Kallis of South Africa. And it will be wonderful to play against South Africa in the future and I will be very keen to take his wicket.

The appointment of Carl Rackemann, who himself was a good fastbowler, must have something to cheer for you?

He is an asset and helped me a lot on my bowling action. I had a injury and I was away from cricket for three months. When I came back, he helped me a lot on my action.

You are just 19 years old and have very long career ahead, are you looking forward to play your maiden Test here?

I am really looking forward to play the first Test on the Indian soil and let me hope that I will get a chance.

And equally you must be looking forward to sharing the new ball with Heath Streak in Test matches?

Oh yes. It is my dream to share the new ball with my captain now. He is also great bowler, very committed and a great source of inspiration for all of us.

You have already generated good speed, are you hoping go faster (may be beyond the 80 plus miles per hour that you have averaged so far)?

Definitely, I would like to work on my pace. I will strive to generate more speed.

Among the wickets that you have taken so far, which is the one which pleased you most?

It was Sachin's wicket. He is a great batsman and I think it anybody's dream to get someone like Sachin. Also Ganguly's wicket was wonderful.

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