Muzarabani hungry for more

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Zimbabwe bowler Blessing Muzarabani says he is ‘hungry for more’ after winning Espncricinfo Awards’ best ODI bowling performance of 2020.

“I am happy, I really appreciate it. It’s something that gives you confidence as a youngster, it pushes you. I am looking forward to the next game. I want to keep doing big things for my country.

“I just don’t want one good performance, I am hungry for more and I will put in the work,” Muzarabani told ZTN sport.

The 24-year-old pace bowler got the honours in results published on 21 January for his match-winning 5 for 49 that led Zimbabwe to a super over win against Pakistan.

It was his first ODI series in two years after he quit international cricket to pursue a county career with Northamptonshire in 2018.

“It wasn’t easy switching from county to international cricket and I didn’t do really well in the first two games.

“I had to go back and adjust and I am happy I bowled well in the third match.”

Zimbabwe’s single win during the Pakistan tour earned them four points in the Cricket Super League.

Muzarabani who was part of the squad that suffered the ignominy of failing to qualify for the previous world cup by losing a must-win match to UAE during the home qualifiers in 2018, says teamwork will help Zimbabwe earn direct qualification to India in 2023.

“We really want to qualify. It’s going to take team effort, hopefully, we qualify and it will be good for our country.”

Sport is in hiatus as Zimbabwe is in lockdown. Muzarabani hopes the Covid-19 situation will get better so they can resume playing.

“Cricket is special and we would love to play, but at the same time people are dying so am not really bothered about playing, though I miss cricket.

“I wish we can go out there and start playing so that we don’t fall too much behind since other countries are playing,” he said.

Zimbabwe is scheduled to play Afghanistan in two tests and three T20s in either India or UAE.

However, that series initially slated for February is yet to be confirmed as Covid-19 has caused uncertainty in planning.