27 Facts About Elton Chigumbura


Elton Chigumbura was born on 14 March 1986 and is a Zimbabwean former cricketer, who played for Zimbabwe national cricket team between 2004 and 2020.


Elton Chigumbura was educated at Churchill School and made his debut at the age of 18, amidst the rebel crisis and has played 14 Test matches.


In May 2015 Elton Chigumbura made his maiden ODI century, against Pakistan in Lahore, in his 174th ODI match.


In November 2020, Elton Chigumbura retired from international cricket following the conclusion of the T20I series against Pakistan.


Elton Chigumbura made his first-class debut for Mashonaland aged just fifteen and went on to represent Zimbabwe in two consecutive Under-19 World Cups.


Elton Chigumbura took four wickets in their upset win over Australia in the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh.


In March 2010, Elton Chigumbura signed for Northamptonshire County Cricket Club as an overseas player, giving him the chance to return to England after having a short spell at Eppleton Cricket Club.

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Elton Chigumbura made his international debut sooner than expected due to the absence of the 'rebel' players, playing his first Test aged just 18 during a tour of Sri Lanka.


Elton Chigumbura missed the majority of 2005 due to a stress fracture in his back which he picked up during a series against South Africa in March.


Elton Chigumbura struggled with the bat, making five ducks in his twelve innings.


Elton Chigumbura made one half century, an innings of 71 against Bangladesh in Chittagong.


Elton Chigumbura has had more success in ODI cricket, playing some memorable innings.


Elton Chigumbura was part of the Zimbabwean squad for the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.


In May 2010, Elton Chigumbura replaced Prosper Utseya as Zimbabwe's captain.


Elton Chigumbura led Zimbabwe to the 2011 World Cup, but resigned within months of the tournament in which Zimbabwe defeated only Canada and Kenya and failed to qualify for the quarter-finals.


Elton Chigumbura was replaced in the captaincy by Brendan Taylor.


Elton Chigumbura was appointed ODI and T20 captain as Brendan Taylor retained the leadership in the Tests as part of Zimbabwe Cricket's decision to split the captaincy across formats.


Elton Chigumbura scored 90 runs off 122 balls with 10 fours and two sixes in defeat against South Africe at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.


Out of 165 runs Elton Chigumbura scored 54.5 percentage of team runs.


In January 2016 Elton Chigumbura stepped down as captain of Zimbabwe following the conclusion of the Twenty20 International series against Bangladesh.


Elton Chigumbura was retained in the team for Zimbabwe's victorious return to Test cricket in a one-off match against Bangladesh in August 2011, taking three wickets, before a knee injury ruled him out of the following Test against Pakistan.


Elton Chigumbura had earlier led Zimbabwe in 24 limited-overs games from May 2010 to March 2011 in which his form was fell away.


In March 2014, Elton Chigumbura scored a quickfire 53 from No 6 to complete the chase in 13.4 overs against UAE at 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.


Elton Chigumbura started with a six and a four in his first two balls, and maintained the same intensity throughout his innings.


Elton Chigumbura's last shot was a straight six not only took Zimbabwe over the line it brought him his half-century off 21 balls.

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Elton Chigumbura is an aggressive batsman, who generally bats in the middle order for his team.


Elton Chigumbura is strong on the lofted drive and he consistently clears the fence in ODI with his big hitting in the final overs.