Best playing XI of New Zealand players born outside New Zealand
New Zealand have become one of the strongest teams in the cricket world. They qualified for the Cricket World Cup Final in 2015 and 2019. They became the inaugural World Test Champions and also qualified for their first-ever ICC T20 World Cup Final in 2021.
The Kiwis have achieved a lot of success, but fans should note that not all players who play for the Blackcaps were born in New Zealand. There have been many cricketers in New Zealand's cricket history who were born outside the country. In this article today, we will form a strong balanced playing XI comprising such players.
Openers - Colin Munro and Devon Conway
A left-handed pair of Colin Munro and Devon Conway will open the innings for this XI. Both players were born in South Africa. While Conway made his international debut for the Kiwis recently, Munro has been part of the team for quite some time.
Middle Order - Glenn Phillips, BJ Watling and Luke Ronchi (wk)
Three wicket-keeping options are present in the middle-order of this team. South Africa-born Glenn Phillips has aggregated 663 runs in international cricket for New Zealand so far, while another South Africa-born player BJ Watling scored 3790 runs in 75 Tests for the Kiwis.
Luke Ronchi is the only player to play men's international cricket for Australia and New Zealand since 2000. Overall, he played 102 international innings and scored 2,075 runs. The former Kiwi wicket-keeper batter also took 133 catches and executed 18 stumpings behind the stumps.
All Rounders - Grant Elliott, Victor Pollard and Colin de Grandhomme
South Africa-born all-rounder Grant Elliott accomplished a lot of success while playing for the New Zealand cricket team. Most famously, he played a match-winning knock for the Kiwis in the 2015 Cricket World Cup semifinal that knocked his home country South Africa out of the tournament. Victor Pollard is the second all-rounder of this team. He was born in England and played 32 Tests and three ODIs for the Blackcaps. Pollard scored 1,333 runs and picked up 40 wickets for the New Zealand team.
Colin de Grandhomme is the final all-rounder of this team. He played for his home country Zimbabwe in the U-19 World Cup but later on moved to New Zealand. The pace-bowling all-rounder has so far played 109 international games for the Blackcaps, scoring 2,434 runs and picking up 86 wickets.
Bowlers - Ish Sodhi, Neil Wagner and Tama Canning
Ish Sodhi will lead the spin attack of this team. The right-arm leg-spinner was born in India but represents New Zealand at the international level. Thus far in his international career, he has played 114 matches and picked up 166 wickets at an average of 31.81.
South Africa-born Neil Wagner and Australia-born Tama Canning will complete this team. Wagner has been a consistent performer for the Kiwis in the longest format of the game, scalping 229 wickets in 1998.3 overs. Tama had a short international career for New Zealand, where the right-arm fast bowler accounted for five wickets in four games.