Former New Zealand and Australia cricketer Luke Ronchi has been appointed as the batting coach, a post previously held by Peter Fulton, as the batting coach of the national team. Ronchi’s appointment by NZC has come ahead of their packed home summer, that officially kicks off on November 27 as the West Indies are touring the island nation.
The Wellington Firebird batsman has played 122 International matches including 4 ODIs for the Australian cricket team. In fact, Ronchi made his ODI debut for Australia, playing against West Indies at St George's in June 2008.November 3, 2020
Ronchi, who retired from international cricket in 2017, has been closely associated with the national team since. He was also New Zealand fielding and wicketkeeping coach during the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup campaign in England. In fact, in the 2nd ODI against India in February this year, Ronchi was forced to field as a substitute after New Zealand ran out of options.
'Absolutely pumped': Ronchi
A very elated and excited Luke Ronchi has revealed that he couldn’t be more eager to join the role.
“I’m absolutely pumped. I’ve really enjoyed being back with the team in recent seasons and it’s exciting to be given the opportunity full-time this summer. Getting the chance to continue working with our batsmen is a great honour and I’m looking forward to seeing how I can help improve their games and best prepare them to perform at the highest level,” Ronchi said as in the statement released by NZC.
“It’ll be great to sit down with [head coach] Gary [Stead] and the other coaches to begin planning for what will be a busy summer with four touring teams who will all bring different challenges.”November 3, 2020
Big acknowledgement of Ronchi's skillsets
New Zealand’s legendary batsman Ross Taylor is excited about working with former teammate Ronchi and has backed his skill-set for the coaching role. Ronchi’s tactically strong cricketing brain is the reason why he is well fitted for the role.
“It’s been great to have Luke back with the group in recent years and I’m personally really looking forward to working with him as batting coach. He’s obviously got great experience from playing and coaching around the world and I know he will bring plenty of his own ideas to the table. He’s got a calm demeanour and already possesses many strong relationships within the group,” Rosco said about the 39-year-old Ronchi.