A cap and the fam­ily

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Brighton Zhawi

ONE is mo­ti­vated by his fam­ily and the other by his cap.

This is the story of Zim­babwe’s two Test play­ers who have been do­ing the hard yards to­gether at Harare Sports Club in prepa­ra­tion of the Test se­ries against Bangladesh from Novem­ber 3.

The duo of Regis Chak­abva and Ryan Burl left for Bangladesh last week to join their team mates for the two Tests se­ries.

They have the same mis­sion, which is to per­form for Zim­babwe and when you see them raise their bats af­ter reach­ing mile­stones, there will be mo­ti­va­tion be­hind it.

“Be­ing a dad changes your per­cep­tion on life for sure,” said 31-year-old wicket-keeper Chak­abva, fa­ther to one year-old son Ethan.

“I’m grate­ful that no mat­ter how bad a day I have on the field, I come back home and have a lot to smile about,” said the fam­ily man.

Chak­abva says his wife Matilda, who trav­elled to sup­port him at the 2015 World Cup in Aus­tralia and New Zealand, helps with some tech­ni­cal coach­ing some­times.

“She’s a won­der­ful pil­lar of sup­port, very un­der­stand­ing and we’ve al­ways tried to travel to­gether when­ever pos­si­ble.

“Maybe once or twice she’s said some­thing tech­ni­cal,” he said with a laugh. Novem­ber is a spe­cial month for the wicket-keeper.

He made his Test de­but against New Zealand at Queens Sports Club on Novem­ber 1 in 2011 and his only Test hun­dred (101) was scored on Novem­ber 4 in 2014 against Bangladesh at Khulna.

The Tigers are his favourite Test op­po­nents. He av­er­ages 50.14 in four matches.

Could this be a great Novem­ber co­in­ci­dence for Chak­abva?

“I wasn’t aware of those (Novem­ber) stats so l can’t re­ally say it’s any more spe­cial than any other time I play but yeah, it’s a nice co­in­ci­dence,” said Chak­abva, who is rel­ish­ing an­other op­por­tu­nity to play in Bangladesh.

“I’m pretty ex­cited about play­ing there again and hope we do bet­ter than the last time we were there.

“It’s a chal­leng­ing place to play and it’s nice to have got a test ton there,” he said. For 24-year-old Burl, the Test cap he was pre­sented to by Bren­dan Tay­lor on his de­but in the Four-day pink ball Test against South Africa on Box­ing Day last year has been a re­minder.

“Of­ten I would just try it on in my room and check in the mir­ror and get a lit­tle mo­ti­va­tion. “Not ev­ery day, maybe once a week or so, just re­mind­ing my­self what I am train­ing for,” said the left handed bats­man who has one Test cap, 13 ODIs and four T20Is.

Burl has gleaned some vi­tal lessons on ex­celling in in­ter­na­tional cricket in his fledg­ling ca­reer and he be­lieves big per­for­mances are nigh.

“I think be­ing men­tally tough and pre­pared are the two big­gest things needed to suc­ceed at the top.

In Septem­ber, Burl hosted his na­tional team­mates over a team bond­ing lunch at his Chisip­ite res­i­dence, a cul­ture he would love to see devel­op­ing amongst his peers.

“I don’t think we do enough events or games in terms of team bond­ing, so it was some­thing that I had ac­tu­ally been push­ing for,” said Burl.

Regis Chak­abva and fam­ily

Ryan Burl

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.