New Zealand Wicket-keeper Batsman Luke Ronchi retires at 36

 . Last updated on June 22, 2017, 3:02 PM
New Zealand Wicket-keeper Batsman Luke Ronchi retires at 36
Luke Ronchi will be still be playing only T20 domestic tournaments and franchisee cricket.


Lately, Luke Ronchi announced his retirement from international cricket. Ronchi, 36, is the wicketkeeper of the international team. After from being the wicket keeper, Ronchi was also a top order batsman for New Zealand with a feat of 85 ODI matches, 32 T20 Internationals and four Tests. Back in 2008 and 2009, Ronchi played four ODIs and three T20 Internationals for Australia. He began playing for New Zealand since 2013. In 2015 version of world cup, Ronchi was an integral part of the team. He was one of the key players hauling New Zealand into the final fixture of the tournament. In ODI, Ronchi averaged 23.67 at a strike rate of 114.50. In T20 format, his strike rate was 141.33 averaging 18.89.

In the latest Champions Trophy season in England, the player scored 65 off 43 in the match against New Zealand. It was the marksmanship of his typical play as a strong striker of the team. The match was his final international campaign. He played as the match winning striker in the fixture, even if it was washed out. In 2014-15, Ronchi knocked the best strike. In an ODI against Sri Lanka in 2014-15 season, he knocked an unbeaten 170 off 99 balls. The match was at Dunedin. Also, the player debuted Test against England with a strong knock. He scored 88 off 31 in the match brining one of the only five victories New Zealand had in England. The match was at Headingley.

Luke Ronchi, however, will be still active in T20 franchisee cricket as well as domestic T20 tournament. The player will be playing alongside the domestic team Wellington. He will be also in the NatWest T20 Blast tournament playing for Leicestershire. The player has a strong reputation in his team and has gained several accolades. Per New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, Ronchi is the ultimate team-man and “the epitome of professional cricket.”

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