Colin de Grandhomme Announces International Retirement

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Colin de Grandhomme Retirement: Former Zimbabwean-born New Zealand cricketer Colin de Grandhomme announced his international retirement on August 31, 2022.

Colin de Grandhomme Announces Retirement

Colin de Grandhomme was part of the Zimbabwe team at the 2004 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh. After representing Zimbabwe in the U19 World Cup, de Grandhomme moved to New Zealand and made his international debut on February 11, 2012 in an ODI match against South Africa.

“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.”

Colin de Grandhomme have played 29 Tests, 45 ODIs, and 41 T20Is and scored 1432, 742, and 505 runs. He also bagged 49 wickets in Tests, 30 wickets in ODI, and 12 wickets in  T2OI formats.

“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 rich tribute to the allrounder and his match-winning 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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Colin de Grandhomme Interesting Facts

  • In his Test debut against Pakistan Colin scored a half-century and took a five-wicket haul and won the player of the match award.
  • On 2 December 2017, against the touring West Indies, de Grandhomme scored his first Test century.
  • Colin de Grandhomme holds the record for scoring the second-fastest century in Tests by a New Zealand batsman.
  • In May 2018, de Grandhomme was one of twenty players to be awarded a new contract for the 2018–19 season by New Zealand Cricket.

Colin de Grandhomme League career

  • de Grandhomme played for Auckland in New Zealand domestic cricket from 2006 until 2018.
  • Colin de Grandhomme played in England for Warwickshire County Cricket Club in 2017, after having played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2017 Indian Premier League.
  • In May 2018, he signed for Northern Districts ahead of the 2018–19 New Zealand domestic season.
  • He played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2018 and 2019 IPL seasons.
  • In May 2021, he was signed by Hampshire for the T20 Blast.
  • In 2021, he was drafted by Southern Brave for the inaugural season of The Hundred.