Twenty-eight-year-old Brian Chari is an opening batsman whose Test career has never taken off. However, he has shown promise in white-ball matches and could find favour again with the Zimbabwe selectors, if he is willing to work on his game.
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Brian Chari played his first Test match against Bangladesh at Khulna in November 2014 on Zimbabwe’s tour of Bangladesh. He made 25 in his first Test innings helping Zimbabwe to reply with 368 after Bangladesh had scored 433, batting first. Bangladesh declared their second innings at 248/9, setting Zimbabwe a target of 314. However, the guests were bowled out for 151, enabling the hosts to win the match by 162 runs, with Chari contributing just 4. The next match of the series proved a forgettable experience for Chari who bagged a pair in a match that Zimbabwe lost by 186 runs. Since then, Chari was not considered for selection to the Test squad until July 2016 when New Zealand toured Zimbabwe. Three months later at Harare, Chari failed yet again, with scores of 5 and 10 in a match the visiting Sri Lankans won by 225 runs. The selectors persisted with Chari and the move seemed to have proven its worth when the opener scored 80 in Zimbabwe’s first innings. However, he did not get sufficient support from other batsmen as Zimbabwe managed to score only 272 in reply to Sri Lanka’s 504. At one point the hosts were cruising along at 173/3. Sri Lanka went on to win the match by 257. Chari managed only 8 runs in the second knock. Two years later, he was in the squad for the tour of Bangladesh. After failing in both innings of the first match, Chari scored 53 and 43 in the next but Bangladesh cruised to a 219-run victory in what turned out to be Chari’s last Test match. In seven Test matches, Chari scored 254 runs at an average of 18.14 with two fifties, including the highest score of 80.
Chari scored 16 in his first ODI match against Pakistan at Harare in October 2015, a match the guests won by 131 runs. He had a better outing in the second match of the series when he scored 39 off 64 balls to help Zimbabwe to a score of 276/6. Chari enjoyed a 71-run partnership with Chibhabha in a match that Zimbabwe won by 20 runs after bowling out Pakistan for 256. After that, Chari had a few good starts that he failed to convert into a big score. In his last match played at Harare against the UAE in April 2019, Chari scored 19 off 27 balls to help Zimbabwe in a successful chase of 128, in a match they won by the DL method. In 11 ODIs, Chari scored 150 runs at an average of 13.63 with the highest score of 39.
After scoring 19 runs in a successful chase of 133 against Nepal in his first T20I at Singapore in September 2019, Chari got just two runs in the next match against Singapore, which Zimbabwe lost by four runs. He failed to open his account in the third match against Nepal and although Zimbabwe won the match by 40 runs, Chari has never been selected again.