The New Zealand cricketer who has become the first in the world to score 3 centuries in international T20 matches?
Colin Munro the cricketer from New Zealand became the first player in the world to score three T20 international hundreds. He achieved this feat in a match against the West Indies at Bay Oval, Tauranga, New Zealand on 3rd January 2018. This was the third T20 international of the three-match series between West Indies and NewZealand.
Opening the New Zealand innings with Martin Guptill, Munro scored 104 runs off 53 balls at a strike rate of 196.22. He was out in the final over of the New Zealand innings. Riding on Colin Munro’s century New Zealand scored 243 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. In reply, West Indies were bowled out under 20 overs for 124 runs. Thus New Zealand won the match by 119 runs and also the three-match series by 2-0 with one game being washed out due to rain.
Prior to his third international T20 century, Colin Munro had scored 109 runs not out from 58 balls at a strike rate of 187.93 against India in India at Rajkot’s Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on 4th November 2017. This was his second international hundred in T20’s. His first international hundred came against Bangladesh on 6th January 2017 at Bay Oval, Tauranga, New Zealand. He scored 101 runs from 54 balls at a strike rate of 187.03. In both these games, New Zealand emerged as the victorious team.
This 30-year-old left-handed batsman from NewZealand has now the most number of international T20 hundreds against his name, leaving behind his fellow countrymen Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum, both with two international T20 centuries. Colin Munro has also surpassed Chris Gayle (two international T20 centuries) and Evan Lewis (two international T20 centuries) from West Indies and Rohit Sharma (two international T20 centuries) from India.
Colin Munro is now a regular member of NewZealand’s T20 squad and is now beginning to cement his place in the one day team of the national side as an opener replacing the legendary opener from New Zealand, Brendon McCullum.