Full name Colin de Grandhomme
Born July 22, 1986, Harare
Current age 30 years 135 days
Major teams New Zealand, Auckland, Manicaland, Nagenahira Nagas, New Zealand A, Zimbabwe Under-19s
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||New Zealand v Pakistan at Christchurch, Nov 17-20, 2016 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v Pakistan at Hamilton, Nov 25-29, 2016 scorecard|
|Only ODI||New Zealand v South Africa at Auckland, Mar 3, 2012 scorecard|
|T20I debut||New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Auckland, Feb 11, 2012 scorecard|
|Last T20I||New Zealand v South Africa at Hamilton, Feb 19, 2012 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Zimbabwe A v Kenya at Harare, Oct 11-12, 2005 scorecard|
|Last First-class||New Zealand v Pakistan at Hamilton, Nov 25-29, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Manicaland v Namibia at Harare, Nov 12, 2004 scorecard|
|Last List A||Otago v Auckland at Invercargill, Jan 23, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Auckland v Otago at Auckland, Feb 4, 2007 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||North Island v South Island at Wellington, Feb 28, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|37, 1/29, 32, 1/17||New Zealand||v Pakistan||Hamilton||25 Nov 2016||Test # 2237|
|6/41, 29, 1/23||New Zealand||v Pakistan||Christchurch||17 Nov 2016||Test # 2234|
|3/50, 23, 11*||Auckland||v Wellington||Auckland||5 Nov 2016||FC|
|0/15, 1, 0/43, 144*||Auckland||v Otago||Auckland||29 Oct 2016||FC|
|24, 2/29, 13, 0/31||Auckland||v Wellington||Mount Maunganui||22 Oct 2016||FC|
|63, 0/35, 3, 0/21||Auckland||v Central D||Napier||30 Mar 2016||FC|
|14, 2/42, 33, 0/16||Auckland||v Wellington||Wellington||23 Mar 2016||FC|
|0, 3/29, 0, 2/38||Auckland||v Otago||Dunedin||15 Mar 2016||FC|
|55, 0/34, 69, 1/24||Auckland||v Central D||Auckland||8 Mar 2016||FC|
|-||North Island||v South Island||Wellington||28 Feb 2016||T20|
A bruising, broad-shouldered batsman, and a disciplined medium-pace bowler, Colin de Grandhomme left Zimbabwe for Auckland in 2006, before eventually finding his way into New Zealand's representative teams. Unsurprisingly, his first international foray was in the T20 format. Having earned a reputation as a heavy hitter in New Zealand's domestic T20 competition, de Grandhomme earned a debut against his native Zimbabwe in 2012. He did not sufficiently impress to keep his place on that occasion, but continued to flourish on the domestic circuit.
In 2016, an unbeaten fourth-innings 144 off 147 balls, to lead Auckland's successful chase of 373, put him back into national reckoning, this time in the Test format. But it was with the ball that he left his first significant impression on international cricket; his 6 for 41 against Pakistan on a Christchurch green-top were the best figures for a New Zealand debutant, bettering a 65-year-old record.
De Grandhomme had represented Zimbabwe at the Under-19 World Cup in 2003-04, and broke into the Manicaland side in 2004-05 before ascending to Zimbabwe A and Zimbabwe Under-23s, for whom he scored a century against Eastern Province in the SAA Provincial Challenge. Soon, though, de Grandhomme felt his future lay outside Zimbabwe, and he quickly made a mark in Auckland. In 2008-09, he averaged 54.50 with the bat and 24.19 with the ball as Auckland won the State Championship.
In June 2009 he was named in a New Zealand Emerging Players team to take part in a quadrangular tournament in Australia. His figures in the Plunket Shield in the 2009-10 season were again strong, though his domestic limited-overs form was somewhat disappointing. A steady show in 2010-11 - during which he was part of the Auckland side that won the domestic one-day tournament and wrested the Twenty20 title from Central Districts - resulted in another call-up to the New Zealand Emerging Players team in 2011. He has scored over 600 runs in a season three times, since 2011, and it was his performance over several years, as much as the rapid 144*, that earned him a Test call-up.
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