By Wisden India staff in Sylhet
Zimbabwe captain does not rule out Elton Chigumbura being played up the order in crucial clash against Netherlands
On Monday (March 17), Zimbabwe went down by three wickets off the last delivery to Ireland after posting 163, and another defeat on Wednesday at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium will usher the Test-playing nation out of the running for the Super 10. “When we lose, we generally do come back stronger,” said Taylor matter-of-factly. “We now realise that we (need) two very good games if we have to have half a chance of getting through. We will not look too far ahead. We will look to a good training day and come out on Wednesday. It’s clear for us and we know what we have to do. I am pretty sure we will put up a much improved show in our next game.”
Having been outplayed for the most part, Zimbabwe did remarkably well to take the game to the last delivery. From a mental perspective, Taylor said, it was a good thing that there was just one day between matches, so that the team wouldn’t brood too much over the heart-breaking loss. “Maybe, it’s a good thing (that there is just a day’s break). It’s just mental fine-tuning. Now you can’t be crummy in the nets; you have to try and better your game and go and have a solid net practice. Mentally, you have to be at your strongest as it is the most important aspect to win matches. Guys need to sit down, regroup and try to identify a few areas to improve upon,” he said.
Taylor did not rule out a promotion for Elton Chigumbura, or changes to the line-up. “We can use Elton at the top a little bit better. But I genuinely believe that the guys who bat in the top four can hit the ball very hard and can make it really difficult for the bowlers. But unfortunately, that did not happen against Ireland. You got to give your better players a majority of the balls in T20 cricket. And we will consider that for the next game,” he said.
“We have got some good guys sitting in the dugout and we might have to consider that. I have not thought too far about that. I will sit with the coaching staff and selectors, there might be a few possible changes as we have got some talented guys sitting in the dugout. Brian Vittori is one of the options, with his left-arm over angle providing a different dimension.”