ICC Champions Trophy 2017 was the last international assignment for New Zealand wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi, who has officially announced his retirement from international cricket.
Ronchi scored a half century in New Zealand’s opening game against Australia, but couldn’t get going in the remainder of the series. The 36-year-old Australian born cricketer played for New Zealand in over 100 matches across all formats.
Speaking about his retirement, Ronchi said: “It was a dream come true (to play for New Zealand). 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.”
The coach of the Blackcaps Mike Hesson too praised the cricketer on occasion of his retirement. He said that Luke will fondly be remembered by one and all for the positive energy he created in the field and for his selflessness. Hesson also called Luke ‘one of the best glovesmen’ and said that the role of a wicketkeeper is often overshadowed by the importance that batsmen enjoy. “He was a very skilful wicketkeeper, and a very destructive batsman,” the coach said.
In totally, the wicketkeeper batsmen played four Tests, 32 T20Is and 85 ODIs and scored over 2,000 runs in international cricket. He made his international debut in 2008 when he represented Australia in four ODIs and three T20Is in the tour of West Indies. Later, he played for New Zealand in 2012 and played his first Test in May 2015.
Ronchi seemed it appropriate to call curtains on his career when both age, plus lack of form seemed to give hints. This is a good time for New Zealand to replace Ronchi with someone they can groom well before the 2019 ICC One Day International World Cup.