Pommie Mbangwa IPL Commentator Age, Wife, Career, Hotstar Cricket Live.
Pommie Mbangwa IPL Commentator : Zimbabwe has produced quite a few stars in its cricketing history. Most of them emerged during their golden period between 1990 and 2000. Former Zimbabwe cricketer, Mpumelelo Mbangwa or simply Pommie Mbangwa, is one of them.
Pommie Mbangwa is a former cricketer who played for Zimbabwe between 1996 and 2002. It would be an exaggeration to say that he had huge success as a cricketer in international cricket. However, Pommie did became a prominent name after he retired as a cricketer purely because of his commentary. Today, he is counted amongst the most respected commentators in the cricketing world.
Pommie Mbangwa was born on 26th Jane 1976 in the small town of Plumtree in Zimbabwe. He started playing the game at the young age of 10. He began playing the game at Estate Preparatory School. He was included in the school team after one year and never looked back after that. His love for the game increased with time and started playing competitive cricket regularly. After completing his primary school, he moved the Milton High School and focused completely on cricket, giving up his interest on other sports such as Rugby.
Pommie’s first successful moment came in the year 1994, when an English school team, Dean Close toured Zimbabwe for a game. The Zimbabwe cricketer impressed one and all with his bowling, picking four wickets in that game. Impressed by the performance, Pommie was handed the opportunity to play for Dean Close. He spent an entire season there and was also appointed captain and enjoyed a good all-around performance. He scored 446 runs at an average of 31.85, with the highest score of 72 not out, and took 36 wickets at an average of 16.00.
In 1996, he went to the Madras to be coached by Australian great Denis Lillee. Then in October of that year, aged 20, he was selected in the Zimbabwe squad for the tour of Pakistan. He returned home in time and in October, Mbangwa received an international call for the tour of Pakistan.
Pommie Mbangwa made his Test debut in the second Test of the series at Faisalabad on 24th October 1976. While Zimbabwe lost the game, Pommie managed to pick the wickets of Ijaz Ahmed and Wasim Akram.
He made steady progress and in the year 1998, he went onto play 8 Tests for the country. In the same year, India came to play against Zimbabwe one-off Test. Pommie impressed his bowling as he took the wicket of Rahul Dravid twice in the same match. Zimbabwe went onto win the game and earn their second victory in their Test cricket history.
The Zimbabwe fast bowler was also part of the 1999 World Cup squad, where the team managed to qualify for the super six stages. He played his last international match against England in an ODI on 18th September 2002. Pommie Mbangwa played 15 Tests and 29 ODIs in his international career, picking 32 and 11 wickets respectively.