Like so many in the new generation of Zimbabwe players, Prosper Utseya was first introduced to the game at Chipembere Primary School in the Harare township of Highfield, and won a ZCU scholarship to Churchill High School.
A promising talent at school level, he made his first-class debut – opening the batting in the first innings – for Mashonaland A at the age of 15. In 2004, Utseya was unexpectedly thrust into the Zimbabwe national team against Sri Lanka at the age of 19 when the rebel players withdrew. While his initial place in the national team owed much to the withdrawal of several white players after Heath Streak’s dismissal from captaincy, Utseya has more than earned his place since.
He was ranked 15th in the ICC ODI Bowling Rankings in September 2006.He has a reputation for being an extremely parsimonious bowler, albeit with less wicket taking prowess. In a Cricinfo article from August 2006, he had the lowest economy rate (3.84) amongst all spinners in the history of ODI cricket. In comparison, the economy rates for Muttiah Muralitharan and Harbhajan Singh at the same time were 3.85 and 4.11 respectively.
Even though some may argue his introduction to international cricket was by chance, no one can argue he has surely earned his spot ever since. His maturity and quality of play was rewarded with captaincy, leading the team 68 times in O.D.I., second highest of all time. A true legend already, you can expect a lot more from one of Zimbabwe’s living legends.