Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 2021: 1st Test - Statistical Preview

Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, 2021: 1st Test – Statistical Preview

Let’s look at important stats and numbers before the start of the Test series between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.

Afghanistan Cricket Team
Afghanistan Cricket Team. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Afghanistan and Zimbabwe will clash in the two-match Test series starting Tuesday, 2nd March at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. The Afghanistan side will be led by Asghar Afghan while Sean Williams will be the captain of the Zimbabwe team. Both teams will be playing for the first time against each other in the longest format of the game. The teams will also take part in a 3-match T20I series after the completion of the Test series.

This will be the first time that Afghanistan will be playing a Test match in UAE. Zimbabwe too has not played any Test match in the Arab country. Afghanistan will miss the services of their star spinner Rashid Khan due to a finger injury he sustained in the Pakistan Super League.  

Let’s look at important stats and numbers before the start of the Test series between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe:

4 – Afghanistan has played only 4 Test matches till now of which they have been able to win 2, and have been defeated in the remaining 2. They played their first-ever Test versus India in 2018, in which they were decimated in just 2 days.


23Rashid Khan has picked the most wickets (23) in Test cricket for Afghanistan. In the batting record, Rahmat Shah has the most Test runs (298) to his name for the team.


12 – Zimbabwe has won just 12 matches out of 110 matches they have played in Test cricket so far. They have lost in 70 matches and played draws in 28 Tests. In their last Test match in 2019, they were defeated by Bangladesh by an innings and 106 runs.


1037 – Among the current players from Zimbabwe, Sikandar Raza is the only cricketer to score over 1000 runs in Test cricket. He has aggregated 1037 runs in 15 matches at an average of 34.56.


194 – Wicketkeeper-batsman of Zimbabwe Regis Chakabva has scored 806 runs in his Test career so far at an average of 25.18. He needs 194 more runs to complete 1000 Test runs.  


32 – Sikandar Raza has picked 32 wickets in Tests and needs 1 more wicket to surpass Pommie Mbangwa in wickets tally.


9 – A total of 13 matches have been played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Among these, 4 have been drawn while the remaining 9 have given results.


13 – In these 13 matches, teams have chosen to bat first on 10 instances.


286 –  Average innings total in the stadium till now is 286. The majority of the matches in the stadium have been played by Pakistan.