Hamilton Masakadza: Zimbabwe needs to be consistent

"We’ve been a little up and down in our performances. That win against Australia (in the first World T20 championship) gave us confidence. It also taught us that anything can happen in T20 cricket."

Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza with coach Dav Whatmore during the practice session on the eve of their first ICC World T20 match against Hong Kong at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.   -  K.R. Deepak

Zimbabwe’s skipper Hamilton Masakadza believes that his side had the wherewithal to go places. Speaking ahead of the ICC World T20 match against Hong Kong here, Masakadza said: “We need to be consistent.”

“We’ve been a little up and down in our performances. That win against Australia (in the first World T20 championship) gave us confidence. It also taught us that anything can happen in T20 cricket.”

Underscoring the importance of the men backing the side, he said: “Marvan (Atapattu), our batting coach has extensive knowledge. His insights for every situation are invaluable.”

He also complimented former South African pacer Makhaya Ntini, who was roped in as the bowling coach in January.

“He brings in a lot of energy. He also leads by example.”

When asked whether the loss of Luke Jongwe, Neville Madziva and Graeme Cremer due to injury will hit the team hard, Masakadza said, “It’s not ideal not to have three of the first team but we have accepted the situation and moved on.”

On his role at the helm, he said, “It’s an honour to be captain. I am relishing the challenge and taking it day by day.”

He didn’t regret leaving cricket after a dream start to go back to academics. “I still think it was a good decision.”

On being primed for the impending challenge, he said, “The warm-up matches have been good preparation and the pitch here will play well.”