Sport
Mukasa under pressure to perform
Publish Date: Jan 09, 2014
Mukasa under pressure to perform
Mukasa has been struggling for runs. Photo by Mpalanyi Ssentongo
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Charles Mutebi

THERE is losing form and then there is Roger Mukasa.

Twelve months ago, he was marking four years of his unofficial reign as Uganda’s best batsman. 

Now he is just a portrait of the ruthless nature of cricket, a dark visitation that can reduce the best bowlers and batsmen into a laughing stock.

Mukasa returned 14 runs in Uganda’s two warm-up matches for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier against a Whakatane XI as team-mates Abraham Mutyagaba and Hamza Saleh hit a century and 88 runs respectively.

For a player who managed a total of 38 runs in seven innings at November’s ICC T20 World Qualifier in UAE, Mukasa’s performances against Whakatane were a needless reminder of his predicament.

Above all, they were the worst possible start for his New Zealand campaign. For, the longer Mukasa goes without a big, pressure-relieving score, the harder it becomes for him to snap out of his rut.

The longer Mukasa struggles, the more confidence he shreds and a batsman without confidence is a lion without teeth. 

National coach Johan Rudolph knows Mukasa is a special talent and he told New Vision, “You don’t become a poor batsman overnight. I am confident Mukasa will recover his form.” 

The question is, will that recovery come in time to save Uganda from Kiwi heartbreak?

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Namuyanja is new pool queen
Vicky Namuyanja returned to the victory podium after overcoming Sharon Mirembe 7-3 to win the Pool Queen Championship on Saturday....
Ugandan basketball women qualify for Africa Championship
The national women’s basketball team (Gazelles) and their male counterparts (Silverbacks) started Sunday with a chance to do something that had never been done before....
KCCA ready for regional games
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) plans to exploit home advantage maximally as the sixth edition of the East Africa Local Association Sports and Cultural Association (EALASCA) Games gets underway on Tuesday....
Perfect moment for legend Omony
There was a sense of perfect timing about Steven Omony stepping to the free-throw line with microseconds left in Uganda’s FIBA Afrobasket Zone V Qualifier against Rwanda on Sunday at Lugogo....
Yunus Sentamu eyes CAF
When Yunus Sentamu announced himself at the Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) in South Africa in February this year after scoring three precious goals for Cranes, he became a top transfer target for several South African clubs....
Basketball: Lumanyika guides Uganda past Kenyans
Ivan Lumanyika was one of the least popular selections for the Uganda Silverbacks coming into the FIBA Afrobasket Zone V Qualifier....
Will police's move to increase the number of investigators help deal with fraud?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter