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Former RCB player Colin de Grandhomme announces retirement from international cricket at the age of 36

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Colin de Grandhomme has decided to end his international career after representing the New Zealand cricket team for 10 years. The all-rounder usually batted in the lower middle-order and always contributed some important runs to the team. His medium pace bowling helped the Blackcaps achieve success in conditions that were friendly to the swing bowlers.

Shedding some light on his numbers in international cricket, de Grandhomme played 29 Tests, 45 ODIs and 41 T20I matches for the New Zealand cricket team. In Test cricket, he scored 1,432 runs. Colin smashed two centuries and eight half-centuries while donning the whites for New Zealand. With the ball, he scalped 49 Test wickets, including one five-wicket haul.

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Talking about his record in ODI cricket, de Grandhomme scored 742 runs in 35 innings. His highest score was 74, while his strike rate was more than 100. The 36-year-old batted in 39 T20I matches, aggregating over 500 runs at a strike rate of 137.81.

In the bowling department, de Grandhomme managed to take 30 wickets in 45 ODIs and 12 wickets in 41 T20Is. The most memorable part of his career was winning the ICC World Test Championship 2021 title with the Blackcaps last year in England.

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Colin de Grandhomme also played in the Indian Premier League from 2017 to 2019. Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore were his two teams. He was a part of that KKR bowling lineup which bowled out RCB for just 49 runs in the 2017 season.

Colin de Grandhomme thinks it is the right time to end his career

In a statement issued by New Zealand Cricket, de Grandhomme explained the reasons behind his retirement and said:

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“I accept that I am not getting any younger and that the training is getting harder, particularly with the injuries,”¬†said¬†Grandhomme. “I also have a growing family and am trying to understand what my future looks like post-cricket. All of this has been on my mind over the past few weeks.

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