Luke Ronchi is a former New Zealand cricketer who has also represented Australia on the international level. He is the first player ever to represent two countries at international level. Ronchi was part of the New Zealand World Cup side which finished as runners-up in the 2015 Cricket World Cup after getting outplayed by Australia, Ronchi’s former country.
Ronchi is well-known for scoring quick runs on the field. He broke the record for the fastest domestic one-day ton in Australian cricket on 7 February 2007. Ronchi opened for New South Wales and he scored his maiden century off 56 deliveries beating the previous record held by Adam Vogues. He debuted as a wicket-keeper for Western Australia in January 2002. For two years from 2007- 2009 he served as Australia’s second-choice wicket-keeper and played several matches for Australia A.
In February 201, Luke Ronchi announced that he was planning to return to New Zealand and he made his ODI debut for New Zealand.
Ronchi announced retirement from International cricket on 21 June 2017. Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum hailed Ronchi as someone who ’embodied all that is important for New Zealand cricket culture. He called him someone who was selfless, humble and hardworking.
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New Zealand Cricketer (Wicketkeeper Batsman)
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23 April 1981
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Dannevirke, New Zealand
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Kent Street Senior High School
29 May 2015, New Zealand vs England
27 June 2008, Australia vs West Indies
15 October 2008, Australia vs West Indies
54 for New Zealand and 34 for Australia
Perth Scorchers, Wellington, New Zealand XI, New Zealand A, Australia A, Mumbai Indians, Hampshire Cricket Board, New Zealand, Australia.
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Luke Ronchi was the only player to have represented two ICC Member nations since Kepler Wessels.
Luke Ronchi played for New Zealand World Cup side that finished runner-ups in the 2015 Cricket World Cup after getting outplayed by Australia, Ronchi’s former country.
Ronchi is renowned for his unique ability to score quick runs. On 7 February 2007, he surpassed the record for the fastest domestic One Day century in Australian cricket.
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In February 2012, Luke Ronchi revealed his plans to return to New Zealand so that he could qualify for the national team.
On 22 June, Ronchi announced his retirement from international cricket, but confirmed his availability for domestic cricket as he said that he would continue playing for Wellington and Leicestershire County.