Colin Munro

New Zealand
Age
March 11, 1987 (34 years)
Role
Batsman
Birth Place
Durban, Natal
Batting Style
Left Handed
Nationality
New Zealand
Bowling Style
Right-arm medium fast

Born in Durban, South Africa, Colin Munro moved to New Zealand to create a successful international career with the Black Caps. A New Zealand under-19 player, Munro, a member of the Auckland Aces team, has had immense success particularly in the shortest format of the game. A breakthrough season in 2012 – 2013 for Auckland Aces led the way for Colin Munro into the national arena.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
78
16
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

New Zealand, Auckland, Hampshire, North Island, New Zealand A, Worcestershire, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, New Zealand Under-19, Sydney Sixers, New Zealand XI, Trinbago Knight Riders, Cumilla Warriors, Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, New Zealanders, Balkh Legends, Brampton Wolves

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
67
62
2
1767
167
29.45
1581
111.76
3
8
194
59
T20I
65
62
7
1724
109*
31.35
1102
156.44
3
11
132
107
Test
1
2
0
15
15
7.5
26
57.69
0
0
3
0
IPL
13
12
0
177
40
14.75
141
125.53
0
0
19
8

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
67
25
552
481
7
2/10
5.23
68.71
78.86
0
0
0
T20I
65
12
118
186
4
1/12
9.46
46.5
29.5
0
0
0
Test
1
1
108
40
2
2/40
2.22
20
54
0
0
0
IPL
13
2
12
15
0
-
7.5
-
-
0
0
0

For 14 years, Munro has been with Auckland and has made a successful career in first-class cricket there. A top-order batsman and a medium pacer, Munro had success as a batsman primarily at the national level although he bowled more regularly on the domestic scene.

Colin Munro’s Test Career

From the get-go, it was certain that Colin Munro would best fit into the T20 International lineup. A hard-hitting top-order batsman with a playing style predominantly based on power, Munro was a feared powerplay batsman in the shortest format of the game. After an astonishing season at all levels for Auckland in 2012 – 2013, Munro made it to the New Zealand Test team.

In 2013 January, Colin Munro made his Test debut against his home country South Africa at Port Elizabeth. Munro was dismissed for a first-ball duck in his debut game and made just 15 in the second innings as New Zealand lost by an innings. With the ball, Munro picked up two wickets but was largely ineffective.

It turned out to be the only Test in Colin Munro’s career as he has never made it to the team in the longest format of the game ever again. He, however, continued a career with Auckland at the domestic level and was having great success in first-class cricket until 2017, when his focus was turned fully to limited-overs cricket.

In 48 first-class games, Munro has 3611 runs at an average of 51.58 including 13 hundreds. In 2012, Munro and Craig Cachopa put on a record stand of 377 for the 6th wicket in the Plunket Shield, two runs short of the first-class record for the sixth wicket. Colin Munro made 269 not out, smashing 27 fours and a breathtaking 14 sixes.

ODI Cricket

Colin Munro made his ODI debut in the same series in 2013 against South Africa. He scored just 9 in the game after walking in to bat in the middle order and did not bowl at all.

Despite scoring runs heavily at List A level, chances for Munro in the national fifty overs team were uncertain. He was regarded as a hard hitter who could chip in with a few over. He often batted in the middle order, though, moving later in his career to the top order.

In 57 ODIs, Munro has made 1271 runs with the highest score of 87, averaging under 25. Colin Munro has just eight fifties in One Day International cricket and no hundreds. With the ball, he picked up seven wickets, averaging 68.71.

Munro became a more regular member of the One Day International team after his exploits in T20 International cricket had caught attention. Munro began the 2019 World Cup in England by opening the batting but did not find success at all. While he began with a 47-ball 58* against Sri Lanka at Cardiff, Munro made scores of 24, 22, 9, 0 and 12 in the remaining games and was benched until the end of the tournament.

In List A Cricket, Munro has played 137 games, making 4186 runs at an average of 37.04 with nine hundreds, including the highest score of 174 not out.

Colin Munro’s T20I Career

Colin Munro made his T20I debut in December 2012 after a good performance at the domestic level. He batted at no.5 in the first T20I he played and made 23 while the top 4 all made single-digit scores. It took New Zealand a while to understand that Colin Munro was best suited to open the batting in the shortest format of the game.

After a spectacular 101 off 54 balls against Bangladesh on 6 January 2017, from no.3, Munro was slowly identified as a potential opener in this format. At the end of the year in India, Munro was opening the batting and at Rajkot, he slammed an unbeaten 109 off 58 balls with seven sixes. At the start of 2018, he hit another century, this time against the West Indies at Mount Maunganui, shortly after two half-centuries in the first two games of the series.

Since his 2017 achievements, Colin Munro has been considered one of the most destructive openers in T20 International cricket. Since 2017, Munro has 1123 runs in 33 T20Is when he opened the batting, averaging 36.22 and scoring two hundreds from the top order. Most importantly, Munro strikes at a rate of 160.65, the best for an opener since 2017 in T20Is with a minimum of 600 runs. 

In total, Munro has 1724 runs in T20Is at an average of 31.34 and a strike rate of 156 with three centuries. His short-format career has gone through the roof in the last three years, granting him deals in the franchise leagues across the globe.

Colin Munro in the IPL and Franchise Career

In 2017, Colin Munro joined the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League in Australia. Munro gave up first-class cricket around that time, skipping the Plunket Shield in New Zealand to focus on his career in white-ball cricket. He played for the Balkh franchise in the Afghanistan Premier League and the Brampton Wolves in the Global T20 Canada.

In 2020, Colin Munro was bought by Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, the best franchise league in the world. Munro has also played for the Karachi Kings in the PSL and in the 2020 PSL draft, Islamabad United picked Munro up. Munro has also signed a contract with the Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League for the 2020 season of the tournament.

All in all, Munro has played 262 T20 matches scoring 6308 runs at an average of 29.06 with four centuries. Munro also has 31 wickets with the best of 4/15 in T20 cricket.