In a surprising turn of events, former Zimbabwe an cricketer Henry Olonga has put an end to the speculations that had engulfed the cricketing world regarding the supposed demise of fellow legend Heath Streak. The whirlwind of confusion was ignited when Olonga initially tweeted about Streak’s passing, only to later share that the cricket icon is indeed alive and in good health, contradicting his previous message.
Henry Olonga corrects his mistake
Taking to Twitter to set the record straight, Olonga shared an update that clarified the situation. He assured everyone by stating, “I can confirm that rumours of the demise of Heath Streak have been greatly exaggerated. I just heard from him. The third umpire has called him back. He is very much alive folks.”
This dramatic twist comes after Olonga’s earlier tweet, which had expressed sorrow over Streak’s passing, had caused distress among fans and cricketers alike. To further solidify the truth behind his statement, Olonga even posted a screenshot of a recent WhatsApp conversation with Streak.
Heath Streak: The epitome of Zimbabwe Cricket
Heath Streak, a cricketer of immense repute and recognition, has been a stalwart of Zimbabwean cricket. Throughout his illustrious career, he played in 65 Test matches and 189 ODIs, amassing 4933 runs and claiming 455 wickets across all formats of the game.
Streak’s prowess extended far beyond his exceptional playing abilities. He made history by becoming the first Zimbabwean player to achieve the remarkable feat of scoring 1000 runs and taking 100 wickets in Tests, as well as 2000 runs and 2000 wickets in ODIs.
Heath battling with cancer
Amidst the confusing reports, Streak’s family had previously revealed that the cricketing legend was undergoing treatment for an illness. In a statement, they disclosed, “Heath has cancer and is undergoing treatment under one of the most respected oncologists in South Africa. He remains in good spirits and will continue to fight this disease in a similar vein to that which his opponents faced during his revered days on the cricket field.”
The fluctuating reports had caused concern and uncertainty within the cricketing fraternity. However, Olonga’s subsequent update has brought clarity and relief to fans, friends, and colleagues of Heath Streak.