Hamilton Masakadza

Hamilton Masakadza (born 9 August 1983) is a Zimbabwean former cricketer, who played all formats of the game for Zimbabwe. He captained the national team during 2016 ICC World T20, but was relieved of his duties due to an indifferent performance by the team during the tournament, where they failed to get past the qualifying round .[1] In February 2019, Zimbabwe Cricket confirmed that Masakadza would captain the national side across all three formats for the 2019–20 season.[2]

Hamilton Masakadza
Personal information
Full nameHamilton Masakadza
Born (1983-08-09) 9 August 1983 (age 37)
Harare, Zimbabwe
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
BowlingRight-arm medium
RelationsShingi Masakadza (brother)
Wellington Masakadza (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 53)27 July 2001 v West Indies
Last Test11 November 2018 v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 65)23 September 2001 v South Africa
Last ODI7 July 2019 v Ireland
ODI shirt no.03
T20I debut (cap 6)28 November 2006 v Bangladesh
Last T20I20 September 2019 v Afghanistan
Domestic team information
2013Sylhet Royals
2017Amo Sharks
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 38 209 66 140
Runs scored 2,223 5,658 1,662 9,564
Batting average 30.04 27.73 25.96 39.85
100s/50s 5/8 5/34 0/11 23/44
Top score 158 178* 93* 208*
Balls bowled 1,152 1,844 72 4,130
Wickets 16 39 2 62
Bowling average 30.56 41.94 56.50 29.53
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 3/24 3/39 1/4 4/11
Catches/stumpings 29/0 71/– 25/– 124/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 20 September 2019

He was a right-handed batsman and occasional right-arm medium-pace bowler. His brothers, Shingirai Masakadza and Wellington Masakadza, also played for Zimbabwe; all three have played domestically for the Mountaineers.

He became the first player to score multiple 150-plus scores in a series or tournament, where he achieved the feat against Kenya in 2009.[3] In October 2018, during Zimbabwe's tour to South Africa, Masakadza became the fourth cricketer for Zimbabwe to play in 200 One Day International (ODI) matches.[4][5]

In September 2019, Masakadza announced that he would retire from international cricket, following the conclusion of the 2019–20 Bangladesh Tri-Nation Series.[6][7] On 20 September 2019, he played in his final international cricket match for Zimbabwe, against Afghanistan.[8] In October 2019, he was appointed as Zimbabwe Cricket's director of cricket.[9]

Early and domestic careerEdit

In February 2000, aged just 16 and still a schoolboy at Churchill School, Masakadza became the first black Zimbabwean, and youngest player to score a first-class century. He made his Test debut soon after, in July 2001, against the West Indies in Harare. In his team's second innings, he made 119, thus becoming – at the age of 17 years and 354 days – the youngest player to make a century on his Test debut. However, he only held this record for less than two months, before it was broken by Bangladesh's Mohammad Ashraful.

After briefly putting his professional cricket career on hold to study at the University of the Free State, Masakadza was recalled to the national team in late 2004 following the rebel crisis, and has maintained a regular presence since.

He was the leading run-scorer for Mountaineers in the 2017–18 Pro50 Championship, with 317 runs in six matches.[10]

International careerEdit

During the team's six-year exile from Test cricket (2005–2011), he increased his ability in One Day Internationals. His first century in this format came on 14 August 2009, against Bangladesh in Bulawayo, and in October 2009 he made scores of 156 and 178 not out in a home ODI series against Kenya – thus becoming the first Zimbabwean to make two scores of 150 or more in ODIs, and the first player from any country to make two such scores in the same series.[11] He has the record for scoring the most runs in a 5 match ODI series(467)[12]

When Zimbabwe made its return to Test cricket in August 2011, playing a one-off match against Bangladesh in Harare, Masakadza made 104 in the first innings – thus making his second Test century ten years after his first.[13] In 2015, he made his first appearance in the senior Cricket World Cup, having previously made two appearances in the Under-19 version (in 2000 and 2002).

In 2014 he along with Sikandar Raza set the record for the highest ever partnership for Zimbabwe in ODIs. (224 for the first wicket)[14]

As of November 2015, Masakadza is Zimbabwe's sixth-highest Test run-scorer and fifth-highest ODI run-scorer. He is also the country's leading Twenty20 International run-scorer, becoming the first Zimbabwean to reach 1,000 runs in this format on 29 September 2015.[15]

In Zimbabwe's tour of Bangladesh in January 2016, Masakadza set a world record for the most runs scored in a T20I bilateral series, with a total of 222 across four games.[16]

Following India's tour to Zimbabwe in June 2016, Masakadza became the first Zimbabwean cricketer to play in 50 Twenty20 International matches.[17]


  1. ^ Zimbabwe sack Masakadza, Whatmore. ESPNcricinfo
  2. ^ "Hamilton Masakadza to lead Zimbabwe in all three formats through 2019-20". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Rohit Sharma's seventh 150-plus score in ODIs". Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  4. ^ "LATEST: Masakadza guns for victory over Proteas in his 200th ODI". The Sunday News. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  5. ^ "South Africa vs Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza's road to 200 ODIs". Cricket Country. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Hamilton Masakadza to retire after T20I tri-series in Bangladesh". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Zimbabwe aim to make it a memorable farewell for Hamilton Masakadza". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Zimbabwe look to snap unwanted streak against Afghanistan in Masakadza's farewell". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Hamilton Masakadza appointed Zimbabwe Cricket's director of cricket". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Pro50 Championship, 2017/18 - Mountaineers: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  11. ^ Lynch, Steven (2013). The Wisden Guide to International Cricket 2014: The Definitive Player-by-Player Guide. John Wisden & Co. p. 99. ISBN 978-1-4081-9473-7.
  12. ^ "HowSTAT! ODI Cricket – Most Runs in Series". www.howstat.com. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Masakadza's ton boosts Zimbabwe". Taipei Times. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  14. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | / | Zimbabwe | One-Day Internationals | Highest partnerships by wicket | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  15. ^ Brickhill, Liam (29 September 2015). "Masakadza's monster hit, Wasim's full-length leap". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  16. ^ "Masakadza, Madziva help Zimbabwe level series". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  17. ^ "Dhoni equals Ponting's all-time captaincy record". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 June 2016.

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