Generally a middle order batsman for Zimbabwe, Chigumbura is an aggressive batsman, who can put runs quickly on the scoreboard. The type of player that you can expect to bring the crowd on their feet, he’s exciting to watch and has the strength for big hits. He is strong on the lofted drive and he consistently clears the fence in ODI with his big hitting in the final overs.
He is also a useful seam bowler, regarded as being his country’s fastest in the current squad, clocking at more than 140 km/h when at his peak. In the field he is an athletic outfielder, once taking 4 catches in an ODI against the West Indies at Queen’s Park Oval. He has had more success in ODI cricket, playing some memorable innings. In May 2004 he scored 77 against Australia at Harare but arguably his greatest performance came later in the year against Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy. In a man of the match winning effort he made 57 with the bat and took 3/37 with the ball.
The next year in a game against Bangladesh in Harare he put on 165 runs for 6th wicket with Stuart Matsikenyeri as they successfully chased down 246 to win with 5 balls in hand; Chigumbura contributed 70 off 68 deliveries. At the same ground against the same opponent in February 2007 he equalled his highest ODI score of 77 in an innings that included 7 sixes.
This another young player amongst the highest scorers ever in Zimbabwe, and if he keeps on improving his game, he’s only about to get higher up the list and truly take a stand amongst Zimbabwean cricket legends.