The cricket player is not an actor on a stage, merely a personality to be lost in the creation of a poet’s brain or a playwright’s mind; he is himself the poet and the playwright. – A.E. Knight,
The Complete Cricketer is Andy Flower, Man of the Match in Nagpur and Man of the Series in India 2000-01. Andy Flower was low-profile, in search of recognition and driven by passion. The Zimbabweans commit themselves to their country and the flag. The Cape Town-born Andy Flower, who is older to Brother Grant Flower by 28 months, emerged as a model batsman who chose to put his country before self in the second and final Test of the Pepsi Series against India at Nagpur in 2000.
Andy Flower’s extraordinary mission had all the ingredients of creativity; he was true, the poet and the playwright. Every nation has its own cricket greats. It can be said with conviction that Zimbabwe, which has been playing Test cricket for more than thirty years now. He was got its first cricketing hero in Andy Flower. He made 540 runs in four innings of the two-Test series, a tremendous feat in a short rubber.
He is also Zimbabwe’s first superstar batsman, who has excelled in both forms of the game. His effort at Nagpur took his tally to over 3,500 runs in 47 Tests and also took his average beyond 50. In the four innings, he represented batting as fine art, adhering to the simple fundamentals. It helps to mess up the fielding,” he said when asked about his brilliant execution of the reverse sweep.
In the first innings at Nagpur, he was tempted to flash at a wildish delivery from Ajit Agarkar, but in the second he was focused right through. He thus became the fourth Zimbabwe batsman – after David Houghton, Guy Whittall and Grant Flower – to score a double century. His unbeaten 232 is now the only second behind Houghton’s 266 against Sri Lanka. After the match, I knew about the record, but in the circumstances, going for it would not have been meaningful.” Well said, Andy. Read – Trevor Madondo – The Youngest Test Cricketer To Die