Prosper Utseya

Prosper Utseya (born 26 March 1985) is a Zimbabwean cricketer. Rising from the ranks of township cricket in Harare's Highfield suburb, he attended Churchill High School (the cradle of many black Zimbabwean players), thanks to Zimbabwe Cricket Union scholarships. He bowls a right-arm off break and is a useful right-hand batsman.

While his initial place in the national team owed much to the withdrawal of several white players after Heath Streak's dismissal from captaincy, Utseya has more than earned his place since. He was ranked 15th in the ICC ODI Bowling Rankings in September 2006.

He has a reputation for being an extremely parsimonious bowler, albeit with less wicket taking prowess. In a Cricinfo article from August 2006, he had the lowest economy rate (3.84) amongst all spinners in the history of ODI cricket. In comparison, the economy rates for Muttiah Muralitharan and Harbhajan Singh at the same time were 3.85 and 4.11 respectively.

In July 2006, Prosper was appointed as the National Captain at the age of 21, replacing Terry Duffin at the last minute (see Cricinfo interview of August 2006). He got off to a good start, with a well fought 3-2 series victory against Bangladesh. He resigned as captain in 2010.

He is the first and joint world record holder for conceding the least number of runs(6runs) in a T20 International after bowling the complete quota of overs(4 overs is the maximum quota in a T20 match).

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