Luke Ronchi has played international cricket for New Zealand as well as Australia © Getty Images
Luke Ronchi has played international cricket for New Zealand as well as Australia © Getty Images

Born on 23rd April, 1981, Luke Ronchi turned 34 years of age today. His journey through the cricketing ranks has been a unique one as he started his international career with Australia and is currently New Zealand‘s first choice wicket-keeper in limited overs cricket.

Ronchi was born in New Zealand, but spent most of his childhood in Australia. It’s only natural that he wanted to represent both sides. But, it was his country of birth where he did his potential justice after squandering chances in Australia.

He has an impressive First Class average of 39 but has failed to break through into the Test sides of either sides, always being overshadowed by more equipped Test-match wicket-keeper batsmen in Brad Haddin and then BJ Watling. He has been selected in the New Zealand Test squad but was not awarded a cap.

He has a One-Day International average of 31, but it is his strike rate that speaks highly of his ability as a batsman. His aggressive, give-it-your-all style of play has resulted is indicated in his striking rate of 123.27.