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KONRAD CHODZKO-ZAJKO PROFILE
Potential Hall of Famer
Playing Role: Opening bowler
Batting Style: "The shot" specialist
Bowling Style: Wang it down, hit the seam
Superstars Debut: 2015
Career stats, as at the end of the 2017 Season
Caps
I
NO
Runs
Avge
50s
100s
HS
Ct
St
40
24
13
92
8.4
-
-
14
4
-
O
M
R
W
Avge
Econ
S.R.
5wI
157
11
716
26
27.5
4.6
36.2
-
Always one of the first to the bar and certainly one of Superstars most frequent and reliable players Konrad is a firm fan(s) favourite. Claiming to have not played much cricket prior to his Superstars career it's to his credit that he picked up the 2017 Players Bowler of the Year award (credit to either his performances or ability to lobby for votes).
Konrad has established himself as one of Superstar's regular opening bowlers; utilising the swing and seam available in the often bowler friendly conditions around London. Frequently Konrad doesn't get the rewards he deserves by keeping the better batsmen tied down at the start of the innings allowing the change bowlers to pick up some cheaper wickets on the back of his early work, or so he says. However Konrad's ability can often be to the envy of Captain Barry; this was clearly evident when Konrad was once taken off after taking 3 wickets in an over. Wisden 2018 is reported to have described the incident as "arguably the most bizarre captaincy decision since Atherton declared with Hick stranded on 99"*.
Konrad's fielding has shown notable improvement during his time with Superstars (through volume of games rather than any specific Superstars training drill I would imagine). When the ball flies high in the air to Konrad it is met with collective thoughts of "he probably will" as opposed to "he probably won't" a ringing endorsement of ability by Superstars standard. It should be noted that Konrad does enjoy posing in the field, regularly sporting a snapback which would be more at home on the outfield of the Yankee Stadium than Abbey Rec.
However it is Konrad's batting which continues to grab the headlines. Often in the midst of a collapse and requiring a near impossible run rate Konrad comes to the wicket and consistently plays the same shot to the first delivery he faces. Knowing the lengths our opposition go to research Superstars it would be wrong for me to specify 'the shot' but it is fair to describe it as unconventional. At first 'the shot' may have been seen by some as a bit of a party trick but Konrad has now perfected it to become both a run scoring stroke and an opportunity to wind up the opposition bowler.
Away from cricket Konrad continues to endlessly rotate through a seemingly endless series of Fast Stream posts which always begs the question - "when will you grow up and get a proper job?" A recent stint overlooking drone safety for the Department for Transport coincided with a near miss at Heathrow airport. Coincidence. Apparently. Konrad has cunningly chosen to live in west London allowing him to play the majority of fixtures home and away turning up in his heavily customised car*.
Konrad Chodzko-Zajko is also the holy grail for players of the niche game "Superstars Scrabble" scoring a huge 62 points before any triple/double letter/word bonuses.
*Alternative fact
As a relatively young player Konrad is yet to reach any of the Superstars club but he should be narrowing in on 50 wickets but around the turn of the decade.
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Personal Highlights
Konrad's unofficial debut
Konrad's official debut
Konrad wins 2016 catch of the season
Konrad's Test Match debut
Konrad wins two awards at the 2017 awards