Elton Chigumbura Biography
Elton Chigumbura is Zimbabwe's one of the most experienced all-rounder cricketer. He was born on 14 March 1986 in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe.
Elton is an aggressive middle-order right-handed batsman with right-arm medium-fast bowling action.
Chigumbura made his first-class debut for Mashonaland at the age of 15 in 2002. Having won the Zimbabwe Cricket Union Scholarship to Churchill High School, Chigumbura represented Zimbabwe in two Under-19 World Cups.
Chigumbura signed for Northamptonshire County Cricket Club as an overseas player in March 2010. He also plays for Mashonaland Eagles in domestic cricket.
On 6 May 2004, Chigumbura made his test debut at the age of 18 against Sri Lanka at Harare. He did not perform well on debut with scores of 14 and 0 but took an important wicket of Mahela Jayawardene.
He could play only six tests in his early part of the career as Zimbabwe was barred from Tests in 2005, the year after Chigumbura made his debut.
On 20 April 2004, he made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka at Bulawayo. He was unable to convert his debut into a memorable match as he scored 13 runs off 18 balls and took a single wicket with a bowling figure of 1/32.
He made his T20 international debut on 28 November 2006, against Bangladesh. In this match, he took one wicket and scored 4 runs off 6 balls.
Rise to Glory
During the 2004 Under-19 ICC World Cup, Chigumbura picked up four wickets against the Australian team to guide Zimbabwe to a win, leading to a national call up for the young cricketer.
On 30 November 2007, in a match against West Indies, he registered his then career-best ODI bowling figures of 3/25 and scored 38 runs from 34 balls, guiding his team to a shock win against the Windies.
In May 2010, Chigumbura replaced Prosper Utseya as Zimbabwe's captain and he led the team in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. Within a few months, he was replaced by Brendan Taylor since Zimbabwe failed to reach the knock-out stages.
In August 2014, Chigumbura was again handed the ODI and T20I captaincy as part of Zimbabwe Cricket's plan to split the leadership between him and Taylor.
He then executed his role as a captain very well and scored 90 runs off 122 balls against South Africa. His unbeaten 52 had led Zimbabwe to register their first victory over mighty Australia in 31 years. He stepped down as a captain in January 2016.