Colin de Grandhomme‘s Test debut for the Blackcaps was something to remember, and it is pay-off for a lot of good form in First-Class cricket over the years.
It is a story of patience, honing your craft, and hope that one day the time will come. At thirty years of age, de Grandhomme may just be New Zealand’s best example of a first-class cricketer come good.
De Grandhomme has been around the New Zealand first-class scene for much longer than people realise. Plying his trade for the Auckland Aces, the middle-order batsmen has lit up New Zealand’s domestic T20 competition for several years running, and his strike rate with the ball in the shorter format is 18.
Colin de Grandhommes’ Test Debut Breaks Records
But in his Test debut for New Zealand, it was de Grandhomme’s right arm fast-medium bowling that caught the eyes of everyone. After Day One was rained out, de Grandhomme ripped through Pakistan’s powerful batting lineup, taking six wickets in two sessions.
Ending with figures of 6/41 in his opening spell, de Grandhommes’ bowling performance was the best ever by a Blackcap on debut.
What’s even more extraordinary is that de Grandhomme was widely-predicted to miss out on selection for the First Test in favour of the more experienced Jimmy Neesham. According to Blackcaps coach Mike Hesson, the only reason why de Grandhomme made the cut was due to conditions in Christchurch suiting his bowling abilities.
De Grandhomme couldn’t have wished for a better way to justify his selection, and he has now become the hot topic of the ANZ International Series. But de Grandhomme’s journey to this moment is just as memorable as his fine performance on International Test debut.
Jeet Raval Also Impresses On Test Debut
But de Grandhomme’s performance wasn’t the only success story to take away from Hagley Oval. Another player on debut for the Blackcaps has staked his claim for regular selection, and he himself has been around the first-class scene for a long time.
Jeet Raval was also impressive in the Blackcaps much-discussed opening role. On his Test debut, Raval scored a half-century and finished with an aggregate of 91 runs. In such a low-scoring Test Match, has Raval secured his place in the team going forward? Maybe, but Martin Guptill may also get some time in the Test team before the summer is over.
Don’t forget though, Raval has an average of 40 in First-Class Cricket.
It is rare, especially for the Blackcaps, that two newbies perform so well on debut in Test cricket. There are still a lot of questions to answer, but for now, momentum is good and confidence is on a high heading into the Second Test in Hamilton.