Solomon Mire

August 21, 1989 (32 years)
Birth Place
Batting Style
Right Handed
Bowling Style
Right-arm medium fast

Thirty-year-old Solomon Mire represents another case of cricketing potential that went unfulfilled. The top-order Zimbabwe batsman had a decent run in ODIs and with a little support from the Zimbabwe selectors could have made an extended contribution to Zimbabwe cricket.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I

Team played

Zimbabwe, Mid West Rhinos, Zimbabwe Under-19, Melbourne Renegades, Zimbabwe XI, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Cumilla Warriors, Kabul Eagles, Zimbabweans

ODI Career

Usually batting at number five, Mire had a promising start to his ODI career. In his first match at Chattogram on Zimbabwe’s tour of Bangladesh, he scored just 11 in a chase of 282 in a match the hosts won by 87 runs. However, Mire got his first ODI half-century in the very next game at the same venue. His 50 off 79 balls went in vain as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 183 while chasing 252 for a win. In the same series, Mire got to yet another half-century when he scored 52 off 54 balls at Dhaka. Nevertheless, chasing 257 to win, Zimbabwe managed just 235/8 in their allotted 50 overs. The year 2017 proved to be productive for the young batsman who had many good scores, including 54 and 46 against Afghanistan and 40 against Scotland before scoring his only ODI century against Sri Lanka at Galle in June 2017. He was named Man of the Match as his innings paved the way for Zimbabwe’s successful chase of a target of 317. However, in 2018, his form began to get worse and he was no longer as consistent as he used to be in 2017. In his last match held in July 2019 at Belfast against Ireland, Mire scored 14 off 27 balls as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 190. Ireland reached the target in just 41.2 overs. In 47 ODI matches, Mire scored 955 runs at an average of 20.31 with the highest score of 112. He also took 12 wickets with his occasional bowling at 42.91 and the best bowling figures of 4/43.

Test Career

Opening batsman Solomon Mire had a decent start to his Test career with the first Test match of a series at Bulawayo against the touring West Indians. The visitors batted first and scored 219. Zimbabwe replied with 159, in which Mire contributed 27 off 36 balls in an opening stand of 44 with Mazakadza. After the West Indies scored 373 in their second knock to set Zimbabwe a target of 434, Zimbabwe made a valiant attempt but could manage just 316. This time around, Mire made 47 in a solid opening stand of 99. In the second match of the series, at the same venue, Mire scored 4 in the first innings and failed to open his account in the second, in a drawn match. Since then, Mire has not been considered again for selection to Zimbabwe’s Test squad.

T20I Career

Mire opened the batting for Zimbabwe in T20I matches. He played his first match against Afghanistan in February 2018 at Sharjah. Though he got a decent 34 in the match, the final score of 120 proved inadequate to ensure a Zimbabwe win. In a tri-series in July 2018 played against Pakistan and Australia, Mire had a string of consistent scores: 27 and 94 against Pakistan, 28 and 63 against Australia. However, all those matches ended with Zimbabwe on the losing side and Mire was not considered for selection until October 2018 when he scored just 1 run in a match against South Africa at Potchefstroom. Mire played his last T20I against Ireland at Brady in July 2019.

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