Famous cricket player of Zimbabwe: Andy Flower
Andy Flower is recognized as an ex international player of the Zimbabwe cricket team and is presently serving as the England coach. Who would have thunk that Zimbabwe cricket would produce such an excellent cricket player. He not only excelled as a batsman but he has changed fates of teams by coaching with his skills. The best case study for this reason is English cricket team that has established a steady team over the time.
Even today, Flower is regarded as one of the outstanding cricket players especially in the court of wicket keeping and batting. He made his International debut in the 1992 Cricket World Cup, an ODI that was held against Sri Lanka. This superb player performed as a wicket keeper for his team over a period of more than ten years. By stats, he is also seen as a premium batsman to have performed for the playing team of Zimbabwe; this is validated by him being the only player in the Zimbabwe team who is ranked at 28 in the ICC list of Top 100 All-Time Test Batting Rankings. It was towards the end of his playing career that Flower gained worldwide recognition when he defied the policies set by the government of Zimbabwe by wearing an armband in black back in 2003 in a Cricket World Cup.
Formally known as Andrew Flower, he played in a total of 63 Test matches wherein he scored 4,794 runs at an average of 51.54 along with 151 catches and 9 dismissals. In a total of 213 ODIs, he scored 6,786 runs averaging at 35.34 with 141 catches and 32 dismissals.
Flower served as an Assistant Coach for the English cricket team in 2007 and as a full-time team director for England’s Caribbean tour in 2009. During his reign, English cricket team won the Ashes in the summer of 2009 and in 2010, they also took the honor of winning 2010 ICC World 20-20 tournament held in the West Indies. Most recently, Andrew ‘Andy’ Flower was appointed as the Office of the OBE in the 2011 Birthday Honors.