Cricket: Elliot New Zealand’s World Cup hero quits internationals

As the cricket is a craze among the public, so are the cricket players. Don’t you love cricket? Who doesn’t, right? But, there’s bad news for the New Zealand cricket fans. Grant Elliot, New Zealand’s star has taken the decision of quitting playing on the international level. All the cricket lovers in New Zealand will consider this decision as a blow on their face.

Grant has scored runs during the matches that have created a milestone in the history of New Zealand, which cannot be ignored. The most amazing play was the smasher sixer hit against the South African bowler Dale Steyn during their maiden World cup final in 2015. He has played five test matches and 83 one-day internationals in his career. Elliot top-scored a total of 83 against Australia, but still the Black Caps could not beat the opponent. In Auckland, he scored an unbeaten 84 and hit a six on the second-last ball which got tears rolling down the South African player’s eyes and the New Zealand cricket fans in the Eden Park cheering and roaring their victory. His last game was against England in the World Twenty20 semi-finals in 2016. No doubt the 33-year-old South African player’s retirement is going to picnic basket the Black Caps for sure.

He decided to take a retirement from the international cricket after signing a contract that he will play for the England’s Twenty20 matches. Thus, in short, he will not represent his country or play on the country level. His presentation as an overseas player in the regional cricket will be stripped off. He also plans to play at the Birmingham Bears and join the ex-New Zealand international players such as Colin de Grandhomme and Jeetan Patel after signing the “Kolpak deal.”

He came forth with his decision at an awards night. The Black Caps are going to miss him owing to the friendly nature and excellent play when on the playground.

Grant is not only a versatile swing bowler but also a striking batsman, thus this all-rounder’s absence is going to hinder the New Zealand’s play in the long run.

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