Colin Munro is one of the most feared batsmen today. He has really worked hard to reach where he is today. Munro has god gifted hitting ability but the arduous work which he has put in batting speaks of himself. He had his share of bad lucks, injuries, mistakes but eventually he learnt from the undesirable things to make his way to the New Zealand team. He is now regular player of the New Zealand limited overs cricket team. Lets have a look at colin munro biography in some facts.
Facts to know about Colin Munro
He was born on 11th March 1987 in Natal, Durban, South Africa. He was youngest of the four brothers and grew up in the village, north of the Durban.
Munro was not able to get much of the batting even when he was playing in his backyard. One of his brother was exceptional at hitting the ball and he would smash long way as he was a hockey player.
Love with Hockey
When Colin Munro was growing up, His preferred sport was hockey and he was selected for Kwazulu Natal’s Under-15 team in Durban.
Migrated to New Zealand
As it was trend in South Africa in 1990s Munro’s family also migrated from South Africa to New Zealand for better financial opportunities. He was 15 years old then. He persuaded his studies at Pakuranga College and played in the school’s 1st XI cricket team.
Munro was lucky to have a different family as his mother would pay him couple of extra dollars for smashing windows of the house and if he smashes one on the roof too she would buy him a pair of shoes. Her mother did so to encourage him to smash boundaries.
His elder brother Brett Munro
Brett Munro is elder than Colin Munro by three years. He has played cricket for played Natal under-13 and under-15 cricket team with Hashim Amla but he couldn’t succeed further.
New Zealand U-19
When he shifted to New Zealand, his journey as cricketer started. He was selected for New Zealand under 19 and played under 19 World Cup held in Sri Lanka. He was selected in the New Zealand under 19 team because of his bowling and had nothing special in his batting at that time.
First Class Career
He made his first-class debut for in 2006. 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.
Failure in first class Career
After making his first-class debut Munro had very forgettable 3 years. He made some brilliant factors in domestic cricket but still he couldn’t get place in Auckland team. He was de-motivated to the extent that he thought of giving up. Munro was about to give then fellow south African cricketer Carl Cachopa advised him to play some club cricket in Australia. Following his friend’s advice, he played for West Torrens and from here worked his way very well to get his place back in the Auckland team.
Career making season
Colin Munro was not able to make any impact in domestic Career till 2011-12 season. In that season, playing for Auckland he scored three fifties and one century. He performed even better in the next season, scoring three centuries in six innings which included 269 off 252 balls against wellington.
Considering his impressive performance in domestic seasons of 2011 and 2012, he was rewarded a test cap. He made his test debut against his birthland South Africa. His debut was a forgettable one and he was dismissed for zero by Robin Peterson. He made his ODI debut in the same series and his ODI debut was also forgettable one where he made 12 runs.
Second fastest fifty
Munro recorded the second fastest T20I fifty of all time in 14 balls at Eden parks against Sri Lanka. His innings included 7 sixes which is most by any batsman in a score of fifty or less. This inning is also a record for highest fifty by a New Zealander.
Most Sixes in First Class Innings
Colin Munro scored 281 runs off 167 balls in Plunket Shield which included 23 sixes, and this became the world-record for hitting the most number of sixes in a first-class match.