Rajkot: Zimbabwean Henry Olonga is one of the lively characters in the game today. He may not be a world-beater in the real sense of the word, but his sheer involvement with the game and his joie de vivre make him one of the most sought after cricketers in the Zimbabwean team.
What makes him special is the simple fact that he is a perfect team man. He may be erratic at times, but he can be extremely lethal too. "I thought I always had the natural abilities of an athlete from a young age. I would like to play for a few more years and then I would like to act in a movie," he said in an exclusive interview with Thatscricket.com.
The following is an excerpt of the interview:
How did the Indian tour go?
Not as much as I expected it to be. I mean I didn't get as many wickets as I wanted to. India also played very well.
Was it difficult to bowl on Indian wickets?
Yes you have to adjust to the kind of wickets that you have here and indeed it was not easy to consistently bowl a good line. I struggled a bit and strayed down the leg side on quite a few occasions, which the Indian batsmen utilised to the hilt.
What experience did you gain by bowling to the Indian batsmen?
They batted nicely. Obviously they had the advantage of home pitches, which definitely suits their style and temperament. Sachin, Saurav and Rahul batted really well and handled us well.
You did well with the bat too and added 100 odd runs for the last wicket with Andy Flower, any comments?
Surely, I enjoyed every bit of that innings though my main job was to give strike to Andy. I think I played that role to perfection. I was really happy with my batting performance but in the end we lost the Test and that was really disappointing.
How would you assess your career so far?
Well I think it was bit difficult in the beginning. I was in and out of the side as I was not consistent with my form. In the last two to three years, I'm doing good job and hoping to do well in the future as well.
What about the bowling action problem that you suffered early in your career?
I did have a problem with my action, but that was long time ago. I have overcome that problem. Now my bowling action is fine and I am happy the way I bowl these days.
Does fast bowling come naturally to you?
I thought I always had the natural abilities of an athlete from a young age. I started playing cricket at the age of 12 and even at that time I wanted to bowl fast. And I always love to bowl fast and yes it comes naturally to me.