Zimbabwe, who entered the Super-12 from the qualifiers, has made the biggest upset in the ongoing T20 World Cup in Australia. They defeated 2009 T20 world champion Pakistan by one run at Perth and became a top contender for semi-final sport of this prestigious tournament.
Former Zimbabwe head coach Lalchand Rajput had delighted in the victory of Zimbabwe and said, “A day before the match, I was informed by Zimbabwe Cricket that Sean Ervine, Craig Williams, Sikandar Raza, and Brendan Taylor have pulled out due to an ongoing pay dispute with the board. I was clueless at that time.”
“The Zimbabwe Cricket MD Givemore Makoni told me we can’t cancel the series. We got a rag-tag outfit, and in the first match, we were all out 100 (107), and in the third match for 50 odd (67all out). Once that happened, I knew I had to stay to change things. We failed to qualify for the 2019 ODI World Cup and then got suspended. That was the lowest point. So, I am proud of this transformation in just four years,” he stated.
Lalchand Rajput was appointed as the Zimbabwe team’s head coach in 2018 and surpassed by Dave Houghton as the head coach earlier this year. He also said that he wished for Zimbabwe to qualify for the mega event in Australia.
“My dream was to see them qualify for the T20 World Cup in Australia. This is like icing on the cake, and I can’t be more proud of my boys,” Rajput added at last.
Lalchand Rajput was also the head coach of the Indian team during the 2007 T20 World Cup. He has revitalized new life into the drained Zimbabwe team. This is the same Zimbabwe team that could not qualify for the 2019 ODI World Cup.