The news of Heath Streak’s supposed passing hit hard for cricket fans and players alike. Earlier, former Zimbabwean fast bowler Henry Olonga had shared the somber news that Streak had left us. However, a twist in the tale came later when Olonga, taking to X (formerly Twitter), put everyone at ease by confirming that Streak was still very much alive. He even provided solid proof by sharing a snapshot of his WhatsApp chat with Streak. In a lighthearted twist, Olonga hinted that the “third umpire” had intervened, calling Streak back from the brink.
Streak, understandably, was frustrated by the way unfounded stories, particularly about someone’s passing, can spiral out of control on social media. He was vocal about the importance of accountability and urged the source of the misinformation to make amends. Streak’s own feelings were not left out, as he shared that the ordeal had caused him emotional distress. He firmly believed that whoever started the rumor should acknowledge their mistake and apologize.
Heath Streak’s contributions to Zimbabwean cricket are undeniable. His impressive record includes 65 Tests and 189 ODIs, with a combined tally of 4933 runs and 455 wickets. Remarkably, he achieved the extraordinary feat of being the first Zimbabwean to achieve both 1000 runs and 100 wickets in Tests, as well as 2000 runs and 200 wickets in One-Day Internationals.
Besides Olonga, other prominent figures such as Zimbabwe’s captain Sean Williams, India’s spin maestro R Ashwin, and others initially mourned Streak’s apparent passing. However, they promptly removed their posts after Olonga’s update confirmed that Streak was indeed alive.Streak’s family had previously shared that he was unwell and under medical care. This turn of events has finally brought clarity and put to rest the doubts about his well-being.