New Zealand wicketkeeper and batsman Luke Ronchi has announced his retirement from international cricket. He is well known when his career comes at the highest stage with Australia in 2008 in four ODIs and three T20s. He gained a spot in the national side and finished up playing in four Tests, 81 ODIs, and 29 T20Is.
Ronchi’s last playing tournaments for New Zealand in the recently ended Champions Trophy 2017. He has performed with a bright start with 43 balls 65 against Australia and first ball duck against England and 16 against Bangladesh.
Ronchi will be continuing playing in the domestic circuit. “It was a dream come true. 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.”
As Ronchi will leave the international arena, New Zealand’s coach Mike Hesson praise with his few words for the wicketkeeper-batsman of black caps.
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. He was a very skillful wicketkeeper and a very destructive batsman.”
“We’ll miss having him around the group and we wish him well in his future endeavours.”