A strong aggressive player of the ball, with a big frame in person, it’s hardly surprising when he smashes boundaries at will. In February 2000, Hamilton Masakadza became the first black Zimbabwean to score a first-class century. Soon after, in July 2001, he became the youngest player to make a century on his Test debut; still in high school, aged just 17 at the time. This record was held until August Mohammad Ashraful took it from him.
He was once again in record books when his opening partnership of 167 with Vusi Sibanda became a national record, Masakadza contributed 80 of those runs. As records pile on, he became the first Zimbabwean to have two ODI scores of more than 150, both coming in one week when he scored 156 and 178 not out against Kenya in October 2009 in the first and fifth matches in Harare.
When Zimbabwe returned to Test cricket in 2011, Masakadza was selected to play in each of the one-off Tests against Bangladesh, Pakistan and New Zealand. Batting at number three, he scored a century in the first innings of the Bangladesh Test, the second of his Test career, and Zimbabwe went on to win the match. Towards the end of 2010, Masakadza went through a lean patch and was dropped from Zimbabwe’s squad for the 2011 World Cup. He continued to impress in domestic cricket and proved his worth when Zimbabwe played their first Test in six years, against Bangladesh in August 2011, scoring his second Test century.