exclusive: Victor Chaitezvi interview

Posted by admin on November 30, 2007 was lucky enough to talk to up-and-coming Zimbabwean allrounder, Victor Chaitezvi, who represented Mashonaland at First Class level in the 2004-05 Logan Cup. What has been your personal cricketing highlight to date?
Victor Chaitezvi: My cricket highlight to date has been a season were I averaged 132 runs in 7 games with one double century, three hundreds and two fifties and was best Zim schools batsman in that year, and also won the schools Twenty20 cup and was awarded best all rounder that same tournament with 9 wickets in 4 games and made a stunning 84 off 39 balls to win the final all in the same season. You played a First Class match in the 2004-05 season, how did you find the jump from club cricket to Logan Cup cricket?
Victor Chaitezvi: It was great, I had made runs at club level and at school as well so was elevated and I was one of the only three schoolboys playing logan cup then so it was a great experience. It was a learning curve as well as I was playing in the same team with the likes of Barney Rogers, Brendan Taylor, Tatenda Taibu, Stuart Carlisle, Andy Blignaut, Elton Chigumbura, Chamu Chibhabha, Tafadzwa Mufambisi, Trevor Garwe etc. Despite playing one game and being twelveth man for 7 games I leant a lot and it got me to be mature cricket wise even up to date. Who is your prediction to win the 2007-08 Logan Cup? The Easterns took the honours this year, do you think they can do it again?
Victor Chaitezvi: No I don't think they can do it again, our Northerns will take it. It was reported earlier this year that you play for Old Hararians in the National League. In club cricket, who have you found to be the most difficult players to face as a batsman?
Victor Chaitezvi: Well personally i struggle facing off spinners, to the extent that in the last seven games i have been dismissed six times by an off spinner. The pacers I dont struggle playing them just a bit of out swingers from Chris Mpofu, Edward Rainsford and Trevor Garwe. As for the off spinners i struggled with Prosper Utseya but I can play anything. Recently, Zimbabwe had a win over Australia in the Twenty20. What was the mood like back home when news broke that Zimbabwe had toppled the world-champs?
Victor Chaitezvi: The atmosphere was great and we really loved it and the cricket lovers celebrated a lot and some were too shocked to even celebrate. It actually gave us hope and belief in ourselves. But personally it was not that shocking as I have faith in the Zim team and i know the boys can do it.

Thank you to Victor Chaitezvi for taking the time to talk to! wishes Victor the best of luck for the rest of the domestic season, and hopefully in years to come we will see him in the Zimbabwe colours!