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Colin Munro Biography Age, Height, Wife, Personal Life, Interesting Facts, IPL, Current Teams, Records

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The left-handed New Zealand batsman Colin Munro, who is already stumbling with his international career with the Black Caps, is assigned a new mission ‘India Tour’. All the eyes are stuck on the leftie star batsman, who have recognized himself as one of the most destructive batsmen in T20s, especially in CPL. One can’t argue Munro’s six hitting abilities, though he doesn’t hit that long but when in full flow he even don’t mind dozens of maximums flaying on the other side of the boundary rope.

His short-stint of 28 runs was enough to grab the eyeballs of the cricket fans out there in India. Especially, it was Munro’s intent which made him look special as he was trying to smash most of the balls out of the park. Although, he failed in going for many sixes but still one can expect more coming from his side in ongoing tour.

This article keeps you updated about all the information about the Kiwi star Colin Munro, including his age, height, personal life, records and current teams.

Colin Munro Biography

Colin Munro Nickname

Sixer King, Hitman

Colin Munro Age

30 years

Colin Munro Date of Birth (DOB)

March 11, 1987

Colin Munro Height

5 feet 10 inches (1.78 Meters)

Colin Munro Current Teams (Major Teams)

New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand A, New Zealand Under-19s

Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Sydney Sixers, Trinbago Knight Riders, Worcestershire, Worcestershire 2nd XI

Colin Munro New Zealand Cricketer Profile

Matches Highest Score Average Strike Rate 100 50
Tests 1 15 7.50 57.6 0 0
ODIs 25 87 25.40 98.06 0 3
T20Is 32 101 25.04 149.13 1 3
First-class 47 281 52.27 98.90 13 15
T20s 146 101 27.83 142.95 2 15

 

Colin Munro All-Rounder

Left-hand Bat (Opener or Middle Order)

Bowling Style (Right-Arm Medium-Fast)

Colin Munro Birth Place

Durban, South Africa

Colin Munro Early Life

The youngest of four brothers, Colin Munro grew up in Maidstone, the South African Village in North of Durban. Munro couldn’t get much of the batting even in his own backyard while playing with his brothers. One of his elder brothers, Brett, was exceptional with hitting the ball all around as he was a hockey player on the field, who would smash ball hard miles away.

The leftie-hitter also took hockey as his preferred sports while growing up and cracked into the Kwazulu Natal’s Under-15 team in Durban.

The Kiwi star was only 15 when his family along with him shifted to New Zealand in search of better life and opportunities. The Southpaw got himself enrolled in Pakuranga College and from there onwards his cricketing journey started. First on the cards for Durban-born star was New Zealand Under-19  and then came the first-class debut his way at the age of 19.

Colin Munro Family

Unlike many other cricketers, Munro’s family wasn’t the same as during his childhood his mothers would pay him a couple of extra dollars for smashing the windows as it would encourage him to go out for the boundaries.  Not only this when young Munro hit one onto the rooftop of the house, her mother would buy him a pair of shoes. “If you smashed a window most kids would probably get a growling but Mum said I’d get a couple of extra dollars for the week to try and encourage me to hit boundaries”, old Munro in an interview while recalling the old days. Munro was one of the four brothers, and those days most of them had some serious craze for the game of hockey.

Colin Munro Brother Brett Munro

One of his elder brothers, Brett also played alongside Hashim Amla at Natal Under-15.

Colin Munro Wife

Tehere Munro (30 years)

Colin and Tehere knew each other since high school days as they met the high school, while in Durban and later emigrated from South Africa. Both of them were the good friends for the time being and would hang out quite often after the school time. Those days Tehere also used to visit the hockey field to watch Colin play and things moved a step forward later on with her mother convincing both of them to go on with the relation.

As of now the couple, Colin and Tehere have two kids, named Connor and Chloe.

Colin Munro First-Class

After making it to the New Zealand Under-19, Munro got on to have his first-class debut at the age of 19. The thing which many few of Colin’s fans might know is that Munro was in the teams during those days because of his bowling and nothing special to offer with the bat. In his first-class debut, he took Michael Papps as his first wicket and then added 20 not out off 25 balls while batting at number 11.

For the next three years with even making some brilliant factors, Munro couldn’t get a place in the Auckland side and this made him de-motivated to an extent that he looked on giving up the game of cricket. While narrating this incident after getting a major role in New Zealand team, Munro said, “I scored a lot of runs and took some wickets but still never cracked the Auckland team. I thought about giving the game away then [fellow South African-born batsman] Carl Cachopa was playing in Adelaide and said ‘why don’t you just come over and work there and play some club cricket’?”.

Munro following friend’s advice played for the West Torrens in 2009 and onwards all this worked superbly his way as from there he got shifted to Howick-Pakuranga and later on, he finally got the place in Auckland’s squad, back in 2012 after Colin de Grandhomme got the call up to the Black Caps squad.

The Kiwi star grabbed this long-awaited opportunity with both hands and scored 130 off 115 balls to get prominent on the board. His 269 runs not out against Wellington on Eden Park’s Outer Oval were another of his most important innings, which made sure his arrivals to the New Zealand squad.

Colin Munro T20I Debut

He was taken as in ideal T20 player for his urge to hit big across the boundary rope but he failed to make an impact in around the first year of his T20I debut. Things took a turn when he finally exhibited his skills against Bangladesh in November 2013. Munro’s 73 runs not out coming off only 39 balls made him prominent among the cricket lovers all across the globe.

Colin Munro Test Debut

After completing his 16 first-class matches, Munro averaged 58 with the bat and it was more than good enough to get his place in the New Zealand squad. Finally, in 2013, Munro got an opportunity to fill in the boots of James Franklin, who was ruled out of the series due to injury. The former New Zealand Under-19 star couldn’t make any impact and with four years passed, he still has only one Test match to his name.

The Auckland star only managed to score 15 collectively in both the innings after falling on duck in the first innings of his debut Test match.  Even though Munro took 2-wickets in his debut appearance but that wasn’t enough to get him another opportunity in the longer formats.

Colin Munro ODI Debut

Following the Test chance, he got on to play in the ODI series against his country of birth. The flamboyant leftie could only score 9 on his ODI debut but later showed a bit of his spark by scoring a half-century in the very next match against South Africa.

Colin Munro T20s

He has been very much popular in the domestic circles in New Zealand for his T20I heroics since 2012 and later made his name worldwide with smashing the 14 balls fifty against Sri Lanka in 2016. Since then he became the household name for T20s and signed up for many of the prestigious cricket leagues like IPL, BBL, and CPL.

Colin Munro IPL

One can’t deny Munro’s six hitting abilities but they least came under notice due to the awful average.  Still many of T20 franchises want to have such destructive T20 players that can change the face of the match within minutes.  The leftie star couldn’t make name for himself in the Indian Premier League (IPL, he only played 4 matches for Kolkata Knight Riders and could only score 30 runs in his 4 IPL Matches. It will be pertinent to mention here that Munro was grabbed by the Knight Riders after Mumbai Indians released him. With keeping in view his unreliability with the bat, KKR were steady enough to release him.

Colin Munro BBL

Colin Munro extended his T20 portfolio with playing BBL  in 2017 for Sydney Sixers but he failed to do something bigger and better he is known for doing in New Zealand domestic circles.  In 3 BBL matches, Munro could only score 27 runs.

Colin Munro CPL

It won’t be wrong to call Munro a CPL man as he has established himself as one of the most premier batsmen in this cricket league.  It’s been two seasons for him in this cricket league, and in the latest edition, CPL 2017, he took his side to the title win with his utmost brilliance. He has become an integral part of the franchise TKR and has played some brilliant knocks out there while chasing down massive totals.

Colin Munro Records and Career Highlights

Colin Munro’s 50 off 14 balls against Sri Lanka in 2016 came in as the 2nd fastest 50 in T2OIs.

Munro’s 281 runs off 167 balls in Plunket Shield included 23 sixes, and this became the world-record for hitting the most number of 6’s in a first-class match.

In Super Smash competition in 2016, Munro topped the charts with scoring 366 runs in just 11 matches. The star-leftie batsman smashed 24 sixes to make this much runs on the board.

In Plunket Shield, Munro in past three seasons has smashed 85 sixes, which will make you believe in his ability to hit sixes.

Munro has scored 2 centuries in T20 games, one of which came in CPL 2016 and the other one against Bangladesh.

Colin Munro Back in New Zealand Squad

Munro wasn’t part of the Black Caps campaign for Champions Trophy 2017 but once again he’s back in the business for the India Tour. The leftie opener will be playing as an opener for this crucial tour and his task will be simple as previously it was of McCullum or Ronchi; like both of them asserted pressure on the opposition with scoring quick runs.

Colin Munro Contract with NZC

The Southpaw has finally got a year contract with the NZC, but as this wasn’t possibly coming his way, his decision to go on as freelance T20 cricketer across the globe was under consideration. “This year, I was very close, I wasn’t sure if I was going to get the New Zealand contract or not. I still want to play all formats and that is why I am here on the ‘A’ trip. So as long as I am in the fray to play all three formats for New Zealand, I am up. As soon as I feel that it’s just about playing some T20s here and there, one got to weigh up options.

“At the moment, I have accepted my NZC contract and I am going to take it year by year. So I have got a year with New Zealand now, hopefully, a new role in terms of going up the order and batting at the top, if it comes to batting in the middle and get the opportunity to bowl a few overs as well,” Colin Munro further added.

Interesting Facts about Colin Munro

  • Munro grew up in Maidstone, a South African village in North of Durban.
  • Hockey was preferred sports for Munro while in South Africa and he also got himself in Natal Under-15. But after moving to New Zealand he got into playing cricket.
  • His mother used to give him extra pocket money for the week if he would hit one on the roof or go for boundaries while playing cricket.
  • In 2009, Munro decided to give up cricket but things changed for him after he followed the advice of his friend, Carl Cachopa.
  • As he grew up in South Africa, Munro has Kallis and Graeme Smith as his cricket heroes.
  • In last 4 T20Is he played, Munro has gone on duck and in one of them he has scored a century.
  • When he started off his first-class cricket, he was considered as the bowler.

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