Colin De Grandhomme hangs his boots from International Cricket
Colin De Grandhomme retires from International Cricket
New Zealand all rounder Colin De Grandhomme has announced his retirement from international cricket after playing 29 tests, 45 ODIs and 41 T20Is for his national side since 2012.
"I accept that I am not getting any younger and that the training is getting harder, particularly with the injuries," De Grandhomme said. "I also have a growing family and am trying to understand what my future looks like post-cricket. All of this has been on my mind over the past few weeks.
"I've been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to play for the BLACKCAPS since debuting in 2012 and I'm proud of my international career - but I feel this is the right time to finish."
De Grandhomme played his part in a highly decorated career across formats. He scored 1432 runs in 29 tests. He was also a vital cog in New Zealand’s World Test series victory. In ODIs too, he made a huge impact as New Zealand finished runners-up in the 2019 World Series.
Under tremendous pressure in the ultimate clash of the tournament, De Grandhomme produced a spectacular spell of 1 for 25 in 10 overs- including the key wicket of Joe Root. It was also a competition where he truly exhibited his all round prowess. Grandhomme smashed a 47 ball 60 against the Proteas in a tricky run chase. Another 64 came against Pakistan that helped revive the black caps from 83 for 5- although in a losing cause.
"I've loved being part of this team over the past decade and am grateful for the experiences we've shared together. I've made many lasting friendships with team-mates, coaching staff and opponents, and will treasure the memories for the rest of my life."
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead paid homage to the all rounder and his game-changing abilities. "Colin's been a hugely influential part of the BLACKCAPS and contributed to some of the team's greatest achievements," Stead said. "His immense power with the bat and skills with the ball made him a real match winner and an asset to any side.
"Colin's a great team-man and we will certainly miss his character around the dressing room. While it's sad to see him go - we appreciate he's at a stage in his career where he's looking to head in a different direction and we respect that," Stead added.
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