Graeme Cremer Biography
Graeme Cremer is a Zimbabwean cricketer and the current captain of the Zimbabwe Cricket team. He was born on 19th September 1986 in the capital of Zimbabwe, Harare.
He bowls right-arm leg break. Frustratingly resilient, he keeps using his slow turn of the ball to get integral wickets, despite conceding runs. His irrepressible nature demonstrates his determined and sound mentality, which is so inherent for being the captain of a national cricket team.
Cremer was very talented from a young age and studied at the immensely prestigious, Prince Edward School, ranked one of the best schools of Africa. He played for the school team and was very successful, amassing prolific number of wickets.
Plunged into the hardest format of the game at the age of 18, because of the international hiatus of Ray Price and the departure of Paul Strang and Andy Whittall, he did well to cope with the tremendous expectations on his shoulders.
He made his debut in a Test match against Bangladesh on 6th January 2005, and managed to pick up two wickets, but in a losing cause as Zimbabwe lost by 226 runs and handed Bangladesh their first win in the Test cricket format.
He kept up his decent performances as he picked up four wickets in the very next Test match in the series. His chances to show a glimpse of talent faded, when the Zimbabwe cricket team was suspended from the Test format.
He made his ODI debut in the Tour of Kenya in 2009, in which he ended up as the leading wicket taker with 15 wickets, as Zimbabwe swept the series 5-0. He managed to get two four-wickets hauls, while keeping his best performance for the last ODI as he picked four wickets conceding 31 runs at an economy of 3.50.
Graeme made his T20 debut against Canada in the T20 Canada tournament against the hosts. While he did not get to bat in the match, he picked up two wickets by giving away 10 runs in three overs, helping Zimbabwe win by a huge 109 runs.
Rise to Glory
His best performance till date came against Sri Lanka in the first Test of the 2016 series. He picked up 4 wickets and scored his maiden Test century, and unbeaten 102 in the first innings.
He missed Zimbabwe’s return to Test cricket in 2011 in the matches against Bangladesh, Pakistan and New Zealand. He missed the 2016 ICC World T20 in India with a fractured left forearm.
In 2013, Cremer retired from Zimbabwe Cricket after disputes over payment with the Board. He focused on becoming a professional golfer instead. In 2015, he had a change of mind and declared his intention to play for Zimbabwe again and was duly selected for the Pakistan tour.
He has represented Mashonaland, Northerns, Mid West Rhinos and Comilla Victorians in domestic cricket. He has 189 List A wickets and more than 250 first class wickets. He has a first class high score of 171 not out.
He has been very successful for Zimbabwe as a captain. Under his captaincy, Zimbabwe recorded their first ODI series win against Sri Lanka in 2017, and their fourth series win ever.
He is the first Zimbabwe captain to get a five-wicket haul. Cremer is on the second position behind Wasim Akram for facing the most number of balls as a number eight batsman in a Test match facing 351 balls.