New Zealand Cricket Board and its players have always had a jolly nature, be it on field or off it. The latest incident for the cricket fans was when the board sarcastically trolled 35-years-old all-rounder Colin De Grandhomme for shaving off his mullet ahead of the series against Pakistan. Having made his last major appearance for his country in the 2019 World Cup where New Zealand managed to reach the finals, de Grandhomme has been a player who has been a part of the team led by multiple captains.
The veteran right handed batsman was earlier left out of the national squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman. He along with Ross Taylor were the key names to be left out of the star-studded squad. Having said that, apart from international cricket wherein he has played 41 T201s, 42 Odis and 26 Tests, de Grandhomme was even a part of the Indian Premier League, where he has made 25 appearances.
The official account of New Zealand cricket sarcastically tweeted, "The famous Colin de Grandhomme mullet is no more" and fans thought the cricketer was dead. A few were left in shock while others realised they missed reading 'mullet'.
However as the series against Pakistan is just before the spoken about T20 World Cup, De Grandhomme could showcase his abilities to be part of the last major ICC tournament before hanging his boots. Having already being tested as a top-order batsman, Colin de Grandhomme has not entirely been successful, yet his hard-hitting skills are surely something to claim his place still in the national side.
Having said that, with New Zealand already losing their last series against the hands of mighty Bangladesh. This could be Colin de Grandhomme’s last chance to perform and what better time to do it than the commencement of the World Cup in UAE? Having failed to fire against Bangladesh, the 35-years-old medium pace all-rounder could finally seek his place, if he is able to deliver by handling the lower batting order efficiently.
Lastly, ahead of the power pact series lined up, it is always good to see a national cricket board sarcastically trolling its senior players.