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Cricketers Speak: 5 Questions with Cricket World: 194* against Bangladesh made my father extremely proud - Charles Coventry

Zimbabwe batsman Charles Coventry

Zimbabwe's Charles Coventry, who became the joint record-holder for the highest ODI individual score alongside Saeed Anwar when he smashed 194* against Bangladesh in 2009, talks to Cricket World about how his father reacted after the knock and thoughts on not being able to repeat it on a consistent basis.

Most of us read Charles Coventry's name only in the newspaper the next day. A bespectacled young batsman from Zimbabwe with a sleek frame stood smiling in the still on paper, with the number 194* etched on top of the image. He had equalled Saeed Anwar's record for the highest individual score in ODIs.

The only scores of note that Coventry had before the monumental effort was a 74 against India and a 61 against Bangladesh. Post the historic knock, his only half-century was an innings of 56 against West Indies. It is strange that the only century in his international career ended up being the world record.

Here's what Charles Coventry had to say as we caught up with him for our new series, 5 Questions with Cricket World:


Q: What's the most fun thing you've done during this lockdown?

 A: Most fun I’ve had since lockdown is strengthening my relationship with my Playstation who I’ve neglected since the birth of my daughter a few years back! 



Q: You will always be asked about the 194* against Bangladesh. What was it like, surreal? What's the first thing you told yourself while walking out of the field?

 A: The thing I loved most about that day was seeing how proud my father was. For some reason the innings itself I can’t remember much. But it was an amazing day!


Q: Your name sits proudly in the same list as Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle, Sachin Tendulkar and many other greats for the best ODI individual score? Now that you reminisce, how does it make you feel?

 A: If my name shows up with such big names it makes me extremely proud. I just wish I could have lived up to my potential a little more and maybe could have seen my names on a few more lists.


Q: Do you look back at your international career with a sense of regret?

 A: I don’t regret much. This is my journey and I try to make the most of it and enjoy it. I get a little hurt thinking back how badly we were treated as cricketers from our board.  


Q: How has the transition to coaching been? What are your aspirations in the new role?

 A: I have always enjoyed coaching. I love seeing kids improve and I love seeing the reactions when the hard work pays off. I want to coach as high up as I can but time will tell. I think I have a lot to offer and I’m sure with hard work things will work out. 


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