Popular cricket player of Zimbabwe: Grant Flower
Grant Flower is a famous figure in the history of Zimbabwe cricket team who was ranked as the best players owing to his impressive left arm spinning and superb batting feats. He was also a fine fielder and was recognized as Flower Power as he was perceived as an epitome that can part of Grant himself and his sibling, Andy Flower.
Flower served as a foundation for the Zimbabwean batting side for a decade and played like a thriving opening batsman. He was only 19 when he became a part of the ICC tournament of 1990 and later after the World Cup of 1992 when the Zimbabwean cricket team was upgraded to the status of Test cricket, Flower played against the Indian cricket team wherein he played as an opening batsman, making a feat of 100 runs opening stand. On his Test debut, he fell slightly short of hitting a century with a score of 82.
His finest performance was witnessed when he played a torchbearer’s role in a Test match against Pakistan when he made a feat of an unbeaten 201 along with three centuries with an average over 40. In 1997, Flower stood as the 1st Zimbabwean cricket player to have scored a double century in two innings of a Test tournament against New Zealand with a score of 204 and 251. In his career of One Day Internationals, his playing statistics indicate that he had pocketed a sufficient amount of wickets that no other bowler of the Zimbabwe cricket team had except for Heath Streak; Flower made a memorable achievement in the final of the ODI in Bangladesh when he played against Kenya with a century on 82 balls and ended with 140 which was just two steps beneath the national record set by David Houghton.
Owing to the clash amongst the Cricket Union of Zimbabwe and the rebels, Grant William Flower announced his retirement in 2004. However, he made his return in the international arena in 2010.