Colin de Grandhomme
Colin de Grandhomme: A Brief Biography of a New Zealand Cricketer
Colin de Grandhomme, nicknamed “Dutchy” or “The Big Man”, is a Zimbabwean professional cricketer who plays for the New Zealand national team in a round position in all formats.
Colin de Grandhomme: biography
Hereditary world-class cricketer Colin de Grandhomme was born on July 22, 1986 in Zimbabwe. Colin’s father and great-uncle are former cricketers who have represented Zimbabwe and Rhodesia on more than one occasion. It is not surprising that de Grandhomme mastered the game basics under the strict guidance of his own parent. He, in turn, did not give the offspring any concessions: he improved his skills and technique, not forgetting about physical development. Perhaps Dutchy’s excellent foundation allowed him to develop a skill recognized by all the New Zealand national team players.
Colin started his career performing in Zimbabwe. He played several domestic and international matches for the youth national team. Moreover, all his appearances on the field can be considered successful, because even his father was amazed at the quality of his game.
The athlete got the opportunity to participate in the Cricket World Cup (U19) matches in 2004, where he showed himself well. However, career prospects forced the cricketer to move to New Zealand and undergo sports naturalization.
Colin de Grandhomme: career
Colin was not satisfied with his career in Zimbabwe, so he left the country searching for a better deal. He moved to New Zealand in 2006 with the best professional development opportunities. He immediately joined the Auckland club, playing for him in the district championship.
The 2008/09 season was a breakthrough season for him. Dutchy has been successful on both sides of the site. He performed excellently in the state championship, which helped the Auckland win. He got the opportunity to become part of the New Zealand Emerging Players team to participate in the series held in Australia in 2009.
An equally important role in Colin de Grandhomme’s career was played by the HRV T20 Cup 2010-11, where the Zimbabwean became almost the most versatile player, thanks to which Auckland celebrated success. It was followed by many home matches for the Aukland side, to the surprise of the skeptics, very high quality. Thanks to this, The Big Man got the chance to become part of the New Zealand national team once again in 2011.
Colin de Grandhomme: T20
The cricketer has played in many clubs in various leagues and performed exceptionally well. As for his career in the Indian Premier League (IPL), he started this professional chapter at the Kolkata Knight Riders club, after which the Royal Challengers Bangalore bought him.
The 2016-17 season has been busy for Dutchy. He made his IPL debut as a replacement for the injured Andre Russel. He entered the field in a new capacity on April 13, 2017, against the Kings XI Punjab. Being in substitution status, he took part in 12 matches of the season. Colin had no questions about the quality of his game: the cricketer coped with the bat, made important races. True, the statistics turned out to be not the best – only 4 wickets. In this regard, he had to continue the next season of 2018 in the Royal Challengers Bangalore camp, where he had practically no chance to prove himself.
Colin de Grandhomme traveled to England to play the Natwest T20 Blast for the Warwickshire County club in 2017. The Zimbabwean performed well, particularly in the match against the Surrey, where he scored 38 points, allowing his team to get ahead and win. He played for Northern Districts in 2018, going there immediately after a poorly scoring season at the Auckland.
Colin de Grandhomme: international career
The athlete has always been considered a representative of the cricket elite, which he always confirmed when he entered the field. Colin de Grandhomme has done surprisingly well both at home and internationally. According to statistics, 2012 was one of the most surprising years of his career, with his ODI and T20I debut for the New Zealand national team.
At the moment, de Grandhomme’s statistics include 42 ODI matches, in which he managed to score 722 runs with an average of 27.77. This became possible after reaching 57 fours and 29 sixes. In total, he made 14 catches in 42 ODI matches.
As part of the Test, the Zimbabwean cricketer had 24 meetings for the New Zealand national team and played 36 innings while collecting 1185 runs, including 5 fifty and one hundred. Average scores of 37.03 points were achieved by 116 fours and 37 sixes.
Colin de Grandhomme: personal life
The player does not like to talk about his personal life and prefers to keep it secret. We know little about his family and wife because the Zimbabwean is inactive on social media, using platforms only on the most important occasions. However, this is enough for fans and well-wishers.
According to analysts, the best year in Colin’s career was 2017. However, the maximum earnings were achieved with the Royal Challengers Banglore in 2018. At the moment, the player’s annual income is $ 3-5 million. It allows him to maintain a beautiful home and a luxurious fleet of several exclusive cars.