Luke Ronchi essayed a knock of 48 off 25 balls in the T20 match against the West Indies © Getty Images
Jan 14, 2014
Luke Ronchi came over to the shores of New Zealand from Australia with a big reputation of being able to play quickfire knocks. He smashed New Zealand domestic cricket attacks in the Plunket Shield many times, but hasn’t been able to do the same in internationals. He found runs hard to come by even in the One-Day International (ODI) series against the West Indies.
However, his innings of 48 off just 25 balls in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) at Eden Park against the West Indies has given hope that he can come good in the second T20I game.
Ronchi said to Stuff.co.nz, “It was nice to perform. Like I’ve said a few times, I’ve been feeling pretty good but just haven’t had much of an opportunity and when I did I blimmin stepped on my stump.”
Ronchi also spoke about his rather unusual hit-wicket dismissal in the fifth ODI against the West Indies, “I thought the ball was going to hit them, but I ended up whopping the stumps with my bat and the ball missed them.”
Ronchi has tended to think too much about his game which hasn’t helped his cause in the past. He said, “That happened naturally, without thinking about it. I wasn’t trying to make things up or do things I shouldn’t be doing. When I just go out and bat, things work out a lot better for me.”
Ronchi continued by giving his views on the way he picked West Indian spinner Sunil Narine’s variations, “From keeping all the time I always watch the bowler’s hand when they’re coming in and see if the ball’s different in their hand or their fingers are doing things.
If you can’t pick them that way then watch the ball as hard as you can when it’s coming down to see which way it’s spinning and if after all that you still can’t pick it, you hope like heck you’re going to play the right shot.”
He concluded by saying, “We’ve got to be consistent, that’s the main thing. We’ve been a little bit up and down, but if we play well again on Wednesday that’ll be a good thing for us.”