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Sikander Raza heaps praise on Dave Houghton

By Lawrence Trusida, Sports Editor

ZIMBABWE bowing out of the ongoing International Cricket Council Men’s T20 World Cup with a match to spare, Chevrons players left a mark at the tournament.

Sikander Raza has been in the form of his life in the last few months which has seen him bagging the ICC player of the month for August as well as getting another nomination for October.

Raza’s exploits have seen him being ranked in the top 10 run scores at the ongoing International Cricket Council Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia.

Raza is currently ranked seventh on the batsmen list having scored 185 runs.

Sean Williams has also been a shining light as he is also ranked 10th on the batsman list.

In the bowling department, the lanky Blessing Muzarabani is standing toe to toe with the best as he is currently number three having taken 11 wickets.

Raza’s name keeps popping up everywhere and on the bowlers list, he is ranked seventh with nine wickets.

Raza believes coach, Dave Houghton is the turning point.

“I guess it’s just one of those things. But if anything, I thought David has made a massive difference since he took over. David understood the players and has given us the freedom and brought a long list. I thought those top two, the fact that there’s a lot of respect from the coaches and players, all those things he has allowed us to bloom and basically play with responsibility and freedom. So I think for that matter I think the credit goes to David and not me,” he said.

Raza and his national teammates are preparing to take on India in their final Super 12 match at this year’s World Cup.

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