India had just come from conceding 400 against Bangladesh, but the Indian bowlers had then dismissed the Test newcomers for 91 and so they were expected to beat Zimbabwe. It was their first Test series under new coach John Wright.
Although Zimbabwe lost the series, the batsmen showed they had made good progress in international cricket, particularly Andy Flower, whose innings were 183 not out, 70, 55 and 232 not out.He batted for a total of 1331 minutes (23 hours).On the other hand the bowling was frequently innocuous and the Indian batsmen also scored heavily.
Grant Flower came under scrutiny for his bowling actiion after Test match referee Barry Jarman observed that not all of his deliveries were legal.
Note:The tours of India and of New Zealand in 2000-01 ran consecutively and are really a single tour but, to allow greater detail, are described here as two separate tours.
Mohammad ‘Babu’ Meman took over from Ali Shah as manager after the Champions Trophy in Sharjah.
Iain Butchart (convenor), Maqbul Dudhia, David Lake, Ali Shah, Denis Streak
(committee appointed 3 August 2000)
Unavailable:All-rounder Neil Johnson cut his ties with Zimbabwe and linked up with Western Province for the 2000/01 season;Peter Chingoka said that Johnson had not chosen to leave Zimbabwe but instead he was fired from his ZCU contract for internal reasons.
Murray Goodwin returned to Australia to live in Perth ; Andy Whitall also left the game.
Tour Party Announced : 31 October 2000.
Heath Streak was announced as captain on the same day.
Not selected :Craig Evans,Mark Vermeulen,Craig Wishart and Pommie Mbangwa.
Time between announcement of selection and departure from Zimbabwe:
(31 October-4 November 2000)
The team assembled in Harare on Friday; departure from the airport was on Saturday 4 November 2000.
After an 11-hour flight to London, there was a three-hour delay before another 11-hour flight to India.The Zimbabwe team arrived in Mumbai on Monday 6 November without their captain Heath Streak - and their baggage. The baggage was held up at Heathrow Airport , while Streak had to stay back in London to get a tooth extracted.
After a few hours rest, the team proceeded to Indore. Coach Carl Rackemann had already landed in the country and joined the side at Indore directly. Steak joined the team there on 9 November.
Brian Murphy joined the team later as he had to complete his final year exams in Harare.
Time spent in India
(6 November - 15 December)
On-tour selection panel
Carl Rackemann (coach),Heath Streak(captain),Guy Whittall (vice-captain).
D P Viljoen
Dirk Viljoen, who joined the team on 23 November 2000, replaced Paul Strang. Strang flew home on Sat 25 November to Zimbabwe with a muscle injury in his bowling hand. He was selected only for the Test team in India, but in the final innings of the First Test he felt his arm injury flaring up again. He returned home and was sent to Cape Town for treatment.