Former Australia and New Zealand wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi has announced his retirement from international cricket.
Ronchi, 36, has played four ODIs and three T20s for Australia in between 2008 and 2009. But, he left Australia for New Zealand in 2013.
However, he has a rather long career with the Black Caps as he played four Tests, 85 ODIs, and 32 T20s for them. A clean white ball hitter Ronchi was an integral part of the New Zealand’s 2015 World Cup playing XI, which had extremely well in 2015 World Cup on home soil.
Ronchi, who poses hard hitting batting style, has strike-rate of 114.50 in ODIs and in T20 cricket has scored runs at strike-rate 141.33. He was one of the trusted men of Black Caps coach Mike Hesson.
Earlier this month, he played a 43-ball 65 runs innings for New Zealand against Trans-Tasman rivals Australia at the Oval in England. However, his outstanding innings had won in vain as rain spoiled their wish to win the match.
Ronchi during his four-year career for New Zealand has played his finest innings against Sri Lanka in 2014 when he hit his career-best 170 off 99 balls at Dunedin. In his Test debut, he played 88 and 31 runs innings against England at Headingley. New Zealand won the match which was only their fifth win in 54 attempts on English soil.
However, Ronchi will play domestic cricket and ply his trade in franchise-based cricket across the world. His next big assignment is the NatWestT20 Blast for Leicestershire.
“It was a dream come true,” Ronchi said of his time as a New Zealand cricketer.
“I can’t think of a better time to have been involved with New Zealand Cricket. From the 2015 World Cup campaign, through to the overseas tours of that time and some amazing games and series, it’s been a genuine highlight for me.
“It would also be remiss of me to not acknowledge the incredible support provided by my wife Shaan and our children Brody and Indi. Cricket takes you away from home for long periods of time, and my family has been very understanding,” he said.
On the retirement of one of the vital cogs of New Zealand cricket coach, Mike Hesson said Ronchi was the ultimate team man and a great athlete, a credit to his wicketkeeping skills.
“We’ll remember Luke fondly for the energy he created in the field and his selfless attitude towards the team,” said Hesson.
“He was always prepared to play a role for the greater good of the team; to do what was required even if that risked sacrificing his wicket.
“Luke was one of the best glovemen going around and I think that’s often overlooked in a game increasingly dominated by batting and run-scoring,” added Hesson. “He was a very skillful wicketkeeper and a very destructive batsman,” added Hesson.