Born on 5 March 2001, Tawanda Muyeye is a 19 year old student who is fresh out of high school and has hopes to go and study civil engineering while still playing cricket at Loughborough University.
His passion is playing cricket and he hopes to be a professional cricket but he believes that having a degree to fall back onto is essential for any young person pursuing a career in sport. _________
Muyeye is an all-rounder, but an attacking batsman first and foremost. The right-hander made one of only two double-centuries in schools cricket in 2019, a feat Muyeye also achieved in 2018, an Eastbourne College first. He finished with 1,112 runs at an average of 69.50 for the season, the third-most in the country.
“I started playing cricket when I was 5 years old. My brother is the person who introduced me to cricket and he was my first cricketing hero. I grew up and lived in Harare until I was 15 and then we moved to Ruwa. I think the move to Ruwa is what brought the best out of me academically and sports wise. I wasn’t walking distance to any of my friends any more so I started keeping myself busy by running a lot and studying more. A year after moving to Ruwa I achieved 2A*s, 3As, 2Bs and 1C at IGCSE level and in the same year I was selected as a non-travelling reserve for the 2018 U19 Cricket World Cup.” ________
The biggest impact on my life has been my mum and dad who have always supported my dreams and have raised me with good values and for that I owe them a lot. They have taught me to remain grounded and not get ahead of myself.
My advice for young Zimbabweans is that you should chase your dreams no matter how big or small, and don’t fear being different because that is your biggest selling point. My favourite quote is from the Bible and this is what helps me get through life day by day. It is the verse Jeremiah 17:7, “Blessed are those in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”