ZIMBABWE allrounder Elton Chigumbura hopes to recover his best for on the Chevrons tour to Pakistan.
Chigumbura says that he has put his injuries behind him and is raring to prove his batting prowess in conditions that may provide a great platform for the big-hitter.
In 2015 Chigumbura scored his maiden ODI ton against Pakistan in Lahore.
Speaking to the media from quarantine after arriving in Pakistan earlier this week, Chigumbura said: “I have struggled with my form.
“I had a couple of injuries that put me away for quite some time.
“So it was down to my injuries I was out for almost a year, not playing international cricket. And when I came back again, I got another injury, for which I had to go and get the surgery done.
“Right now, I’m looking forward to this series, hopefully, to get back to where I was. And these wickets in Pakistan are good wickets to bat on. So hopefully I can carry on from last time when I was in Pakistan.
“I am fully fit now. I got an Achilles injury last year. When I was about to just start playing again, then the Covid-19 pandemic happened. So I’m happy to be back in the squad. Hopefully we get a chance to enjoy every moment.”
Chigumbura insists the Zimbabwe camp are focused on achieving 2023 World Cup qualification after missing out on the 2019 tournament.
“We have to try and start winning games,” Chigumbura added.
“Everyone is really focused. It’s not just the series that will determine our future – every game that you play in the [ODI] Super League is very important for the team so that we qualify for the next World Cup overseas. And we take it one game at a time, but everyone in the team is very ready and eager to go.
“It’s important that we have to play to win, not to just compete. So all those mindsets are things that we have spoken about in training and everyone is aware of what we need to do as a team and as individuals when it comes to these international games. And hopefully we start on a good note.
“I believe we can be competitive. We came here to win. Everyone, they’re willing to go out there and express themselves. Everyone is raring to go, especially after being out of cricket for almost six, seven months.”
Zimbabwe play the first ODI against hosts Pakistan in Rawalpindi on Friday 30 October. – Cricket365 ■