Zimbabwe have been an enigma at the highest level. Ever since they burst onto the scene during the 1983 World Cup with a memorable win against Australia, they have had a few outstanding moments, but have had their share of controversies as well.
They became an ICC associate member in 1981 and after their shock win against Australia at the 1983 World Cup, they continued playing in the lower divisions. They did appear in World Cups 1987 and 1992, winning against England in the latter.
They played its first Test against India in 1992 at Harare and put up a good fight. However, they never really developed into a side that could steamroll other oppositions. With the likes of Andy Flower, Heath Streak, and Neil Johnson to name a few, Zimbabwe became a competitive unit and had a few memorable successes in One-Day Internationals. Their first Test win (1995) and overseas series victory (1998) had both come against Pakistan.
Zimbabwe made it to the Super Sixes in World Cups 1999 and 2003. The slide started in 2003 when Henry Olonga and Flower wore black armbands as a form of protest against the regime in the country.
A year down the line, there was a mass exodus of some of the leading players due to a tiff with the board. An inexperienced side was exposed in Test cricket and they withdrew from the format. It was only in 2011 that Zimbabwe came back to Test cricket by hosting Bangladesh at home.