Andy Flower
Andy Flower (Credits: Twitter)

The flag-bearer of cricket in a country like Zimbabwe, Andy Flower, turns 52 on Tuesday. Andy Flower has genuinely been one of the greats to take up the sport. Having born in South Africa, representing Zimbabwe on the international stage is a decision which still never fails to amaze. It is primarily due to his efforts that the sport has seen a meteoric rise in the nation.

As a cricketer, he captained the Zimbabwe national cricket team. He was Zimbabwe’s wicket-keeper for more than ten years and statistically by far the most elegant batsman the country has produced. He ended his Test career with an average above 50. This just goes on to show how great a batsman Andy Flower was. He has been closely associated with the sport after his retirement as well.

Andy Flower
Andy Flower. Credit: ESPNCricinfo

Andy Flower: As A Player

Andy Flower was a wicket-keeper batsman for the Zimbabwe cricket team. He is considered to be one of the greatest Test cricketers ever. Flower made his international debut in a One Day International against Sri Lanka at New Plymouth, New Zealand, in the 1992 Cricket World Cup. A good player of spin, he made 550 runs in a Test series against India in 2000/01. This tally came in just four innings, and he was only dismissed twice. He is one of the few players to score a century on ODI debut.

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Andy Flower Credits: Getty Images

Statistically, Andy played a total of 63 Test matches scoring 4794 runs at an average of 51.55. Flower scored 12 centuries and a double-century during his stint as an international Test cricketer. In the ODIs, he went on to represent Zimbabwe in 213 games and scored 6786 runs at an average of 35.34. He smashed four centuries and 55 half-centuries in the 50-overs format.

Andy Flower: What Is He Up To Now

On 7 May 2007, Flower was appointed Assistant Coach of the England team, replacing Matthew Maynard. On 15 April 2009, following England’s Caribbean tour, for which he was installed as interim team director following the departure of Peter Moores, he was appointed full-time team director.

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IPL hinders players’ growth in first-class cricket says Andy Flower. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

On 15 April 2009, following England’s Caribbean tour, for which he was installed as interim team director following the departure of Peter Moores, he was appointed full-time team director. Later in 2016, he was appointed batting coach of Peshawar Zalmi. He was appointed as head coach for Multan Sultans. He was appointed as Assistant coach for Kings XI Punjab. He was named as head coach for St Lucia Zouks

Andy Flower: Lesser Known Facts

Flower was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and starting from his high school days at Oriel Boys’ High School, and Vainona High School played most of his career alongside his younger brother Grant Flower. Towards the end of his career, Flower achieved international recognition when he and teammate Henry Olonga wore black armbands during the 2003 Cricket World Cup match against Namibia to protest against Robert Mugabe’s policies, 

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Andy Flower Credits: Getty Images

His aggregate score of 341 in the first Test against South Africa in 2001 is the second-highest ever by a batsman on the losing side. Andy Flower is also the only player to score an ODI hundred on debut in a world cup match. He also has the record for the most games (149) to score his second ODI ton after scoring a century on debut, when he did it in only in his 150th ODI.

In September 2007, Flower became an Ambassador for the children’s charity, Hope for Children, and has assisted in raising thousands of pounds for needy children in Zimbabwe and around the world. Flower was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to sport.

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