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Famous Cricketer from Zimbabwe: Neil Johnson

by on November 20, 2012
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Famous Cricketer from Zimbabwe: Neil Johnson

Neil Johnson is known to be an ex-player of the Zimbabwe cricket team. He was perceived as an all-rounder player owing to his impressive feats in bowling and batting. He, by large, played as an opening batsman in One Day Internationals for his team and was part of a total of 48 ODIs during 1998-2000, of which he also performed in 13 Test cricket. In ODI, Neil Johnson scored 11 fifties and four hundreds whereas in test cricket, he scored four fifties and one century. His highest ODI score is 132 whereas highest score of test cricket is 107.

Johnson was quite a dynamic left-handed player in the field of batting in the middle order while he bowled as a right-arm fast medium cricketer. The highlight of his career was when the Zimbabwean cricket team qualified to the supreme stage of Super 6 for the World Cup of 1999. It was during this competition that he proved his valuable stature for the team by pocketing the honorable awards of Man of the Match. As he played as an opening batsman, he made a superb score of 76 before getting Gary Kirsten off the field that followed with the dismissal of Jacques Kallis. Thus, Johnson got done with the tournament with 2 wickets against a score of 27. During the same series, he also made a winning score of 133 and made a bowling feat of 2 for 43 against the Australians at the popular Lord’s. He was also a bowler with wicket taking ability in both test and one day international cricket formats.

On the end of the tour of England undertaken by the Zimbabwean cricket team in 2000, Neil Clarkson Johnson announced his retirement from the arena of International cricket as he had some clashes with the Cricket Union over his playing expenses, following which he moved to South Africa: his homeland. He will be known for his batting skills.


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