Born in 1992, left-arm spinner and all-rounder Mitchell Santner is an all-format New Zealand player who represents Northern Districts in domestic cricket. An exciting season in 2014 – 2015 helped Mitchell Santner gain national attention and he was picked in the Black Caps team.
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Batting Career Summary
Bowling Career Summary
With Daniel Vettori retired, New Zealand had an open spot for a spin-bowling all-rounder and Santner fit the bill. A handy lower-order batsman and a tidy left-arm spinner, Santner was Vettori’s ideal replacement and soon became a regular feature in the Black Caps team across all formats.
Mitchell Santner’s ODI Career
Mitchell Santner made his debut in One Day Internationals after a stellar domestic season. Soon after the 2015 World Cup, Santner was invited to join the squad in the absence of some regular team members who were playing in the IPL. Santner debuted against England at Birmingham in 2015 after he had made a spectacular 94 in the lead-up to the game against Somerset.
On his debut, Santner picked up 1/64 with the ball and batted at no.6 making just 15. Nevertheless, his all-round quality was never in doubt and he became the mainstay in the team.
In five years, Santner has played 72 matches, taking 71 wickets at 37.47 and, importantly, at an impressive economy rate of 4.89. Santner picked up his career-best haul of 5/50 against Ireland at Dublin in 2017. With the bat, Santner has 924 runs at an average of 27.17 with two half-centuries. His highest score of 67 came against England at Christchurch in 2018. His only other half-century in the format also came against England in the same series in 2018 at Mount Maunganui.
Santner played in the 2019 World Cup for New Zealand, taking 6 wickets in 10 matches while conceding runs at a miserly rate of 4.82.
Mitchell Santner in T20I Cricket
Mitchell Santner’s ability to tie batsmen down with the ball meant that he was considered a clear-cut choice in the shortest format of the game. Santner debuted in 2015 in T20Is against England, took the new ball and picked up 2/28. Despite being rather ineffective with the bat, he became a regular in the New Zealand T20I lineup.
Santner played a starring role in New Zealand’s win over hosts India in the first game of the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup. In four overs in Nagpur, Santner took 4/11 with the ball to derail India’s batting innings. India were bowled out for 79 and New Zealand won the game with Santner winning the Player of the Match award.
That remains the best performance in Santner’s T20I career. In 2019, Santner picked up three successive hauls of three wickets or more – 3/12, 3/23 and 3/25 against Sri Lanka and England respectively.
All in all, Santner has played 44 T20Is, taking 52 wickets at an average of 21.07 and an impressive economy rate of 7.36. He hasn’t quite demonstrated his skills with the bat and has 282 runs with the highest score of 37.
Mitchell Santner’s Test Career
After doing well in ODIs and T20Is, Mitchell Santner was picked in the Test team for the tour of Australia in 2015. Santner debuted in Test cricket at Adelaide in November 2015. He made 31 and 45 with the bat but took just one wicket apiece with the ball in both innings.
With New Zealand not having a regular spinner in the starting XI, Mitchell Santner got some playing time in the Test side. However, his role in the longest format of the game was fading over the years as New Zealand started relying on specialist spinners.
Santner has played 22 Tests, taking 39 wickets at an average of 44.71. With the bat, Santner has played in the lower middle-order, scoring 741 runs at an average of 25.55.
In 2019, playing against England at Mount Maunganui, Santner made his maiden Test century – a 269-ball 126. He has also scored handy knocks of 73 against Bangladesh at Wellington and 71 against India at Kanpur.
IPL and Franchise Career
Mitchell Santner hasn’t made many appearances in T20 franchise leagues. However, he played for Worcestershire in England in 2016 and 2017 and in 2019 signed a contract with Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.
Santner played four matches for Chennai Super Kings, picking up four wickets at an economy rate of 6.71. However, his importance was clearly demonstrated with the bat when Santner hit a last-ball six against Rajasthan Royals to win the game for CSK.
In total, Mitchell Santner has played 82 T20s, taking 87 wickets at an average of 23.24 and an economy rate of 7.12. He is yet to score a half-century in T20s and has a batting average of 19.45 with the highest score of 45 not out.