Bryan Strang is another Zimbabwean cricketer who gives his hundred per cent on the field. He knows that Zimbabwe have to prove against the other top sides of the world and there can never be any doubt when it comes to his commitment as well as fierce passion for the game.
He is highly respected in the team and in turn respects each of his team members. He hates controversies and still believes in the old ethics of the game. He may not be a match winner in the truest sense of the word but when he has either the ball or the bat in his hand he is always there to make his presence felt.
"I enjoy watching left-arm fast bowlers like Wasim Akram and enjoy my fast bowling too." The following is an excerpt of an exclusive interview with Thatscricket.com.
How do you look at your career so far?
I have done a reasonably good job for my country. I have been playing for my country for the past six or seven years and have done my job. One thing that I would like to point out here is that I have never missed a single match because of injury. I'm very proud of that and though I lack pace, I manage to take wickets.
How is that your brother (Paul Strang) is a spinner and you decided to become a medium pace bowler?
I too was a spinner in my early days, but then I chose to become a medium pacer. I always enjoy watching Wasim Akram and other left-arm fast bowlers bowl. I am really enjoying fast bowling.
Zimbabwe generally play only short series, isn't it discouraging to medium pacers like you?
Yes that's right. If we play four or five Test series, it will be nice. It gives us time to make our presence felt. But there are other factors also that count.
Have you modelled your fast bowling on anyone?
No, I haven't. I have just picked the ball and started bowling. Obviously I learnt from watching other fast bowlers and playing with some. I also got some good advice, which has come in handy in shaping my career in a better way.
Do you make plans to dismiss batsmen?
There is no specific plan to get batsmen out. I like to prevent batsmen from scoring runs. I'm sure no batsman would just like to stay at the crease without scoring any run. The moment runs become difficult to come by, the batsmen become impatient and make mistakes. So, I believe in such a tactic and placing a fielder in the right position. I believe in playing on the patience of the batsmen and putting pressure on them.
Zimbabwe are a good side and being a senior cricketer you must have noticed some areas where a little bit more effort could be made?
We need to be more consistent in all three departments. It has happened a number of times before when we tend to lose too many wickets after a good partnership is broken. We would be batting nicely and suddenly there is a heap of wickets to put us on the back foot. On the fielding front too, we are fairly good but need to be more consistent with our efforts.