Luke Ronchi is one of those rare cricketers who has played for two national sides. He is a wicket keeper-batsman in the New Zealand side and earlier represented the Australian Team. He was born on 23 April 1981 in Dannevirke, New Zealand. He also represents hi club teams Mumbai Indians, Perth Scorchers and Somerset. He first played in Western Australia when the family immigrated to Perth. He made his debut while playing for Western Australia in January 2002 and was the first choice as a wicket keeper.
He played several matches for Australia A from 2007 to 2009. He was given a chance to play for the Australian Team against West Indies and South Africa. He played T20 and ODI matches for his team. He has a Man of the Match award while playing for Australia.
He returned to New Zealand in February 2012. In May 2013, he made his debut for New Zealand and became the first player to have played for both the teams at international level. He played his first test match for New Zealand while playing against England.
Luke Ronchi Net Worth
Luke Ronchi’s main source of earning is his profession i.e. cricket. His major income comes from playing for his team. He is also a part of several domestic and club teams and gets a good amount from that too. His net worth is estimated around $2.5 million US dollars in 2017. He also has stocks, properties, and private vehicles which add up to his worth.
He is well known for his power hitting and quick scoring ability. He has the record of scoring the fastest one-day hundred in domestic cricket for Australia by scoring a hundred off 56 balls. He was the first choice as a wicketkeeper in the Australian team and went on several tours with the team as a wicketkeeper-batsman. He scored several centuries for Western Australia. He was then included in the Mumbai Indians team for IPL in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. His international career spans across two countries – Australia and New Zealand.
He was included in the Australian team in place of Brad Haddin, who suffered an injury. He batted well in the matches and scored quick runs. He was awarded the man of the Match award for his 64 off 28 balls against West Indies. In March 2012, after having come to New Zealand, Luke signed with the Wellington team and scored a century on his debut for the team.
He made his international debut for New Zealand on 31 May 2013 against England. He made the highest score by any batsman while batting at the seventh position by scoring 170 off 99 balls. He is the 267th man to play test for New Zealand and 180th man to play ODIs.
Luke Ronchi has played several match-winning innings for his teams while batting down the order with his power hitting. He has also been well behind the stumps and has taken some brilliant catches. He scored a quick 88 off 70 balls in his debut test against England. He has been out of the test team but has been a regular member of the ODI team.
He holds the record for the fastest century in a domestic cricket match in Australia. He also scored 107 runs against Pakistan team while playing for the Australia A team. His 170 runs innings while playing for New Zealand is only the third highest by any wicket-keeper. It is also the highest by any batsman playing in that position.
He has got two Man of the Match Awards while playing for Australia and New Zealand.
● 64 runs off 28 balls, 1 catch and 1 stumping against West Indies while playing for Australia
● 170 runs off 99 balls and 2 catch against Sri Lanka while playing for New Zealand.
He also has several awards in T20s. He has been awarded the Player of the Series award twice and the man of the match twice also.
Luke Ronchi played his last series against India in India. He played his last test on 8 October 2016 and last ODI on 23 October 2016. Recently, he was out of the team due to injuries but is now back in the side for the tour of South Africa. He will be seen keeping the wickets and of course hitting those big sixes.
Luke Ronchi is one of the successful wicket-keeper batsmen of the recent times. He is a power hitter and a finisher. In short words, he is a game changer. He has had the privilege to play for two international teams. He has performed well in his career and has a lot more cricket to play. He is one of the key players for the New Zealand Cricket Team.