It was Super Special, Says Hamilton Masakadza after his farewell match
After the seven-wicket victory over Afghanistan in Friday’s T20I tri-national series match, Zimbabwe’s captain, Hamilton Masakadza, said “it was super special” to lead the team to victory in his farewell match.
Masakadza played a 71-runs inning in his last match to guide his team to win against Afghanistan. Zimbabwe claimed their first series win after losing two games to Bangladesh and one against Afghanistan.
“It was super special. Leading the team to victory was special, and that too in my last game. Also defeating Afghanistan for the first time was special,” Msakadza said, according to the International Cricket Council (ICC).
“It was a special feeling to go through that guard of honour that the boys gave me,” he said. “I have many emotions, but, in the end, I’m happy to have done what the team needed of me, to put them in a good position to challenge Afghanistan for victory. I’m delighted today,” he added.
Masakadza opened the batting with Brendan Taylor, while Zimbabwe pursued a target of 156. Zimbabwe got off the wheel. Masakadza reached his 11th T20I fifty in 27 balls.
The 36-year-old hit four fours and five sixes in his innings before losing his wicket to Dawlat Zadran in the thirteenth of over the chase.
Masakadza played 38 test games in which he scored 2223 runs with an average of 30.04. In 209 ODI, he amassed 5658 runs, while in the shortest format of the game he had 1662 runs under his name.
“I started crying a little in the morning, trying to end the team conversation with the boys. I’m not someone who wears his heart up his sleeve, but I think this is the only thing that caused me some emotions. “Even when I tried to tell the boys and the team before making the official announcement, I barely managed to utter three sentences, so it’s been a really emotional moment for me,” Masakadza said.
“I’m looking at [retirement] not too much like a door that closes for me, but as a door that opens for someone else to come. We have to catch a lot of exciting guys, especially for that opening place. There’s still experience in the team, and I’m really sure someone will raise their hand and seize their opportunities,” he added.
On 3 September, Masakadza announced his retirement from international cricket after the conclusion of the three-nation series.
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