Colin de Grandhomme
Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Colin de Grandhomme moved to New Zealand and was playing for the Auckland Aces since 2006. A dibbly-dobbly medium pacer and hard-hitting batsman, Colin de Grandhomme was identified as a potential candidate to debut in the shortest format of the game sooner or later.
New Zealand, Auckland, Manicaland, Midlands, Northern Districts, North Island, New Zealand A, Warwickshire, Zimbabwe Under-23, Zimbabwe A, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Zimbabwe Under-19, Nagenahira Nagas, St Lucia Zouks, Jamaica Tallawahs, New Zealanders
Batting Career Summary
Bowling Career Summary
Colin de Grandhomme played for Zimbabwe in the U19 World Cup held in 2004 in Bangladesh but his future lay elsewhere and by 2006 he was seriously considering a career in New Zealand. In 2018, de Grandhomme left Auckland Aces and signed for Northern Districts for the 2018 – 2019 season. A regular in Black Caps’ limited-overs and Test team now, de Grandhomme is a rather successful late bloomer.
Colin de Grandhomme’s T20I Career
A disciplined medium pacer and a big hitter, Colin de Grandhomme was always zeroed in to be a T20 player and it was no surprise that his first appearance for New Zealand came in this format. Colin de Grandhomme made his T20I debut in 2012 against his home country, Zimbabwe, in Auckland. He did not bowl and although he came out to bat, New Zealand had won before he even faced a ball. He played three more T20Is that year before going into the wilderness only to make a return in 2017 after promising performances in the longer formats of the game.
On his return game at Napier in 2017 against Bangladesh, Colin de Grandhomme made an unbeaten 41 off 22 balls and went for just 23 runs in four overs. Since then, he has been a regular in the shortest format of the game for New Zealand. Since 2019, his form with the bat in T20Is has improved. De Grandhomme made 50 off 28 balls against India at Auckland in early 2019 and then went on to make scores of 30, 44, 59, 0, 19, 28 and 55 in the next few games.
In 2020, though, Colin de Grandhomme has faced a further dip and in three matches with the bat, he has made 0, 3 and 5 for New Zealand.
All in all, de Grandhomme has played 36 T20Is, making 487 runs at an average of 18.03 and a strike rate of 143.23 with three half-centuries. With the ball, Colin de Grandhomme has 11 wickets in T20Is at an average of 40.45 and an economy of 8.92. De Grandhomme hasn’t quite achieved his fullest potential in the T20I side over the years.
Colin de Grandhomme in ODI Cricket
Unlike his career in T20Is, Colin de Grandhomme has made a major impact on the One Day International team with his batting and bowling exploits. In 42 ODIs, de Grandhomme has 722 runs with four half-centuries at an average of 27.76 and a strike rate over 110.
His best two knocks in the format have both been made against Pakistan. In 2018 at Hamilton, de Grandhomme made 74 not out in 40 balls, his highest score in the format and in 2019, at Birmingham during the World Cup, De Grandhomme made 64 off 71 balls.
With the ball, de Grandhomme has been restrictive and impactful. He has taken just 27 wickets in 42 matches but at an economy of 4.85, which definitely did a world of good to the New Zealand team. This came to the fore during the 2019 World Cup final against England where Colin de Grandhomme gave just 25 runs in his 10 overs, also picking up a wicket in the process.
Colin de Grandhomme’s Test Career
Colin de Grandhomme made his Test debut against Pakistan at Christchurch in 2016 and made an immediate impact with his swing bowling. An open-chested medium pacer, de Grandhomme picked up six for 41 in his debut bowling innings to leave Pakistan clueless. Even today, 4 years after, it remains his career-best performance in Test cricket.
In total, De Grandhomme has played 24 Tests, taking 47 wickets by swinging the red cherry at an average of 31.63. The six-wicket haul on debut remains his only haul of five wickets or more scored in an innings.
With the bat, De Grandhomme has 1185 runs at an average of 37.03 with a century and eight fifties. A useful lower middle-order batsman, de Grandhomme made his maiden Test century against the West Indies at Wellington, scoring 107 off a mere 74 balls with three sixes and 11 fours. Colin de Grandhomme does not change his approach much in Test cricket and has a strike rate of 81.72.
Colin de Grandhomme’s IPL and Franchise Career
Colin de Grandhomme made a deal with Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL way back in 2017 but did not get too many chances to demonstrate his skills. In 2018 and 2019, Royal Challengers Bangalore gave him an all-round role in the middle overs. Throughout his career, De Grandhomme has also played for Warwickshire in the NatWest T20 Blast and Jamaica Tallawahs and St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League.