Fast-bowling all-rounders are the pride of any team in international cricket. Their ability to bowl quick while sharing new-ball duties provides the skipper with multiple bowling options. And when it’s time to bat, the batting gene in them takes over and there’s just more value on offer for the team.
Kapil Dev, Ian Botham and Richard Hadlee did that for years. Years later, Jacques Kallis took the genre to new heights for South Africa. And New Zealand has now unearthed another gem.
When Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl first, Colin de Grandhomme was handed the ball as a first change. And he struck in the 13th over to break Pakistan’s opening resistance. Thereafter, he simply ran through the side in the 15.5 overs that he bowled.
At 30 years of age, he isn’t exactly your average so-called youngster turning heads. But his spell of 6/41 certainly brought smiles on the faces of the New Zealanders recovering for recent tremors.
But where exactly did Colin de Grandhomme come from? Here’s everything that you need to know about New Zealand’s latest sensation.
- He was born in Zimbabwe on July 22, 1986
- Played for Zimbabwe in the U-19 Cricket World Cup
- Played for Zimbabwe A and Zimbabwe U-23 sides
- Left Zimbabwe in 2005
- Started playing domestic cricket in New Zealand from 2006/07 for Auckland
- In the 2010/11 season, he was a part of the Auckland set-up that won the domestic one-day and T20 tournament
- He quickly earned a reputation as a big-hitting fast-bowling all-rounder and made his international debut for New Zealand in a T20I in February 2012 against the country of his birth, Zimbabwe
- Had a phenomenal domestic season in 2013/14 with 629 runs and 30 wickets from 10 matches
- In three seasons since 2011, he has scored over 600 runs in a season on three occasions
- His returns of 6/41 are the best ever figures for a New Zealander on Test debut.