Luke Ronchi is a former New Zealand international cricket player who currently plays for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League. He was born on 23rd April 1981 and hails from Dannevirke, Manawatu in New Zealand. He plays mostly as a wicketkeeper batsman, batting right-handed.
A safe pair of hands behind the stumps, Ronchi was an extremely valuable addition to any team but more so for his powerful batting. Extremely explosive, he had something of a repertoire in the shorter format of the game. His batting was best described as impactful, as fireworks are expected whenever he is on the crease.
He is known to be the only cricket player after Kepler Wessels, to represent two different ICC cricketing nations.
Despite being born in New Zealand, he was mostly brought up in Australia, having moved to Perth at a very young age. He began his career playing for the Western Australia cricket team in the 2001/02 season. He was known for his powerful shots, even in his early career days.
He made his international debut for Australia on 20th June 2008 in the only T20I match against West Indies in Australia’s tour of the Caribbean. Picked as a replacement for the injured Brad Haddin, he gave a decent account of himself but in vain, as Australia lost the match by seven wickets. Ronchi scored 36 runs off 22 runs balls on his debut.
Rise to Glory
Ronchi rose to glory immediately after making his debut. After not requiring to bat in his first two ODIs, he was moved up the order in the final game of the series and he responded extremely well as he scored the third fastest half century by an Australian. He made 64 runs off 28 balls, smashing six sixes and duly won the Player of the Match award.
Before that, he had already made a name for himself in the domestic circuit scoring the fastest domestic one-day hundred in Australian cricket while playing for Western Australia. He reached the landmark in just 56 balls, as he guided WA to a comfortable victory against New South Wales.
His chances with the Australian cricket team dried up by 2012, as he found himself behind Matthew Wade and Peter Nevill in the pecking order. To further his international cricket career, Ronchi decided to return to New Zealand. Making his debut with the Kiwis in 2013, he took some time to find his feet. He scored a 170 against Sri Lanka off 99 deliveries in Dunedin, which was the third highest score by a wicketkeeper.
Alongside playing for Western Australia, Ronchi has also played for Mumbai Indians, Perth Scorchers, Wellington, Somerset, Leicestershire Foxes, Guyana Amazon Warriors and Islamabad United.
He scored the fastest one-day hundred in Australian domestic cricket. He is also the third highest scoring wicketkeeper in a single innings, behind M.S. Dhoni and Adam Gilchrist.
Since his retirement from international cricket in June 2017, he has devoted his time playing in the shortest format of the game, playing in various tournaments like the NatWest T20 Blast, Caribbean Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League and the Pakistan Super League.