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|Born||March 11, 1987|
|Age||34 years 224 days|
|Teams||New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand A, Worcestershire, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Trinbago Knight Riders, Sydney Sixers, Delhi Capitals, Hampshire, Balkh Legends, Karachi Kings, Brampton Wolves, New Zealand XI, Islamabad United, Perth Scorchers, Manchester Originals|
|Bat Style||Left Handed Bat|
|Bowl Style||Right-arm medium|
|BBI||40 / 2||10 / 2||12 / 1||7 / 1|
|BBM||40 / 2||10 / 2||12 / 1||7 / 1|
Munro's entry in the domestic circuit was not very eye-catching but his consistent and fiery performances in the T20s came with time. He played a crucial role in Auckland's HRV Cup triumph and was later a part of the Auckland Aces team in the 2012 Champions League T20 in India.
He finally got noticed by the selectors and made his T20I debut against South Africa in December 2012. An ODI debut in the same series followed. He scored his maiden ODI fifty in the 2nd match of the series. A Test cap followed soon after, but he was out on a golden duck in the first innings.
Munro hit his second fifty in ODIs in New Zealand's humiliating series against Bangladesh in the final ODI and hit a quick-fire 73 off just 39 balls in the T20I that followed, giving New Zealand their only victory in the series.
Since then, Munro was a regular feature of the New Zealand T20 side but has been in an out of the 50-over format owing to his inconsistencies. His naturally aggressive instinct and ability to take the game away from the opposition in a jiffy made him a tempting option for the selectors in the limited over cricket. The 2016-17 season was a breakthrough phase of sorts of Munro as consistent domestic performances saw him gets back into the ODI squad and he has performed fairly well since then.
The year 2017 has been the best phase of Munro's career as he started to translate his potential into match-winning contributions. His form in the shortest format went up a notch as he became the fourth player (second New Zealander) to produce multiple T20I centuries after Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum and Evin Lewis. The fact that he cracked both the tons in a space of barely six months speaks volumes of his confidence and touch. His 50-over fortunes have also picked up since the Kiwis decided to offer him the opening spot. Munro has been able to make an instant impact with his aggressive opening partner Martin Guptill.
Munro's game went up another notch in the 2017-18 summer at home as he tore into the visiting West Indian bowling. He shone both in the ODIs and T20Is, scoring his third century in the shortest format thereby putting himself in a league of his own. While the southpaw has always had the power game without doubt, the small change that can be seen is his willingness to be more consistent. With the kind of dynamics in his batting, if he can be consistent, the opposition is likely to be sent on a leather hunt more often than not.
A fit and firing Munro adds so much value to any side, especially in his current purple patch. His batting aside, he can also be a more than handy dibbly dobbly medium pacer particularly on sluggish tracks. Not surprisingly then, he has attracted buyers in most of the lucrative franchise T20 leagues in the world. He has been roped in by the Delhi daredevils for the 2018 IPL season. The southpaw with his destructive stroke play will be an integral part of New Zealand's plans as they look forward to the 2019 World Cup in England.
IPL through the years
Colin Munro has made quite a name for himself in this format. He is the second-ranked batsman in T20Is and has performed excellently across the globe in various T20 leagues. However, in IPL Munro hasn't been able to stamp his authority so far. But he is at the peak of his power currently and this might be the season when Munro bring his A game to the fore and take the Indian Premier League by storm.
World Cup 2019 - What to expect
Colin Munro's recent ODI form hasn't been that great as the left-hander has struggled to notch up the big scores in 2019. His last valuable knock in the 50-over format came against Sri Lanka in January 2019 but since then Munro has failed to fire. However, with him and Guptill at the top, New Zealand have a destructive opening pair. Even if one of them clicks, New Zealand might get the impetus at the top. Guptill's record in World Cups is much better than his overall record in ODIs, hence the Kiwis would rely on him to give them those quick and steady starts. If Munro is able to do the same as well, it'll be an icing on the cake for the Blackcaps.
NZ have got a reliable middle-order and the openers are destructive too, it's just that their aggressive batsmen need to be a bit more consistent. In the shortest format, the left-hander is one of the mainstays for New Zealand, but he needs to deliver in the 50-over format as well. This being his first World Cup ever, it's a good chance for Colin to score his maiden century in ODIs. Just that he needs to work on his temperament and not get carried away if he gets off to a good start. New Zealand have given him enough opportunities and now is the time for him to step up and make it large.
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