Luke Ronchi retires from International cricket
The right-handed 36 years old wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi retires from the International cricket. Luke Ronchi is a New Zealand former international cricketer, having earlier also represented Australia. He plays for Wellington in New Zealand domestic matches, and has played Twenty20 matches for the Mumbai Indians, Perth Scorchers and Somerset.
Luke Ronchi said, "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 New Zealand, Mike Hesson describes the 36-year old wicketkeeper as the epitome of a professional athlete. Mike Hesson said, "We’ll remember Luke fondly for the energy he created in the field and his selfless attitude towards the team. 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."
Luke Ronchi first international incarnation came for Australia in the West Indies in 2008 when he stood in for the injured Brad Haddin in four ODIs and a Twenty20 and he showed he was not out of his depth: his glovework was brilliant and at the tiny Warner Park in St Kitts he clubbed a 22-ball half-century, then the equal third-quickest ODI fifty scored by an Australia player.
Luke Ronchi has played 4 Test Matches and scored 319 runs at an average of 39.87 with 2 fifties and a highscore of 88. In ODIs, Ronchi played 85 matches and scored 1397 runs with an average of 23.67 with 1 hundred and 4 fifties and a highscore of notout 170.