South-African born New Zealand big hitter –Colin Munro has decided to quit the traditional format of the game –Test cricket to concentrate on what ball cricket to extend his career.
The 30-year-old, who is one of the finest T20 batsmen in the world, has played only Test against South Africa in early 2013, while he has played 39 ODIs and 45 T20 internationals for New Zealand.
On Friday (9 March), Munro said that he'd focus on the T20 and One Day cricket henceforth both with the national side and the Auckland Aces. The left-handed opener is also ruled himself out of New Zealand's domestic four-day contest for the remainder of the season.
According to a report in Stuff Sport, Munro said, “This is the decision I want to make for myself. It's not anything else, besides what I think will benefit my career in the long term. I'm still 100 percent committed to playing for the Blackcaps and Auckland Aces in the shorter formats and have some big goals I'd like to achieve.”
He further added, “Obviously with the World Cup next year, I missed out on the last World Cup and you saw how the boys loved it and went that far. I'd love to give myself the best chance of making that squad and that's where my main focus is. So it's something I'm very passionate about and want to hone my skills on fully developing. I've done okay at the top of the order, but I haven't quite nailed it.”
Munro signed off by saying, “I think I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted to play more test cricket in that time, but if you look at the way the guys did and the guys that have come in and made a real go of it.”
Munro was picked up for 1.90 crores by Delhi Daredevils for the upcoming IPL season where he will be playing alongside his former KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir who will be leading Delhi in IPL XI.