In a World Cup T20 ongoing in Australia, where unpopular teams showed a never-say-no attitude, Zimbabwe also contributed significantly to a compelling narrative of teams hitting overweight. However, Zimbabwe wrote one of the tournament’s best underdog histories with back-to-back defeats of Pakistan and, predictably, rallied from that performance. Craig Ervine says the win had given him many “convictions” that he plans to take part in the final Super 12 match against India at the MCG on Sunday (6 November).
“I think it’s clear that the victory over Pakistan gave us the confidence to beat all the teams in the tournament, and I think that will be the same tomorrow,” Ervine said.
“I think the World Cup was exciting because it was a lot of close matches. One of the things we learned is that you can’t get out of the game. Stay in the game, play as deep as you can and win. You never know where it will take you if you can try and obviously, there are different pressures involved in different games so most of the time, I try to take the game as deeply as possible to see what is in front of me.”
Ervine thought the team entered the competition with a “really good swing” and was targeting the Super 12 jump. They beat Ireland and Scotland to top the Group B table.
“Look, we were aware that we had a really good drive going into this tournament, and our key goal was to succeed in the Super 12 and to play the big teams in the Super 12,” Ervine said.
“As we leave the World Cup, we want to maintain that kind of consistency. I think we have created a good support base. There are many people in Zimbabwe who follow cricket. So, we want to maintain that momentum and feeling to move ahead in the event.”