Daryl describes himself as jovial, funny and enthusiastic, and it is no wonder he is back in the team. He’s approachable and dedicated to marking his mark on the BLACKCAPS once more this season.
He first debuted in March 2000 against Australia and nine years later he is back in the side after having a few seasons being on the fringe of the team.
Daryl’s cricketing career started in the backyard, playing against his neighbours, dad and his dog, who, according the Daryl, was a fantastic fielder. From the backyard to the biggest cricketing grounds in the world, Daryl has travelled to a number of different destinations to represent the country in his chosen sport.
He says his biggest highlight to date was gaining his first five wicket bag in 2002 against England, or being part of the victorious team who won the 2000 Champions Trophy. He’s played against some of the best cricketer in the world and because of this he has formed a secret talent… being able to impersonate other international cricketers! He says his best one was Adam Gilchrist however when the BLACKCAPS played the Australians he had to give it up.
Daryl’s other secret talent is golf. He currently plays of an 11 handicap and thoroughly enjoys going up against Simon Doull and Scott Styris. When he’s not playing cricket or golf he loves hanging out at home with his partner and cat, or getting out on the Hauraki Gulf for a spot of fishing.
Quick fire questions
1. When you were growing up what did you want to be?
“I wanted to be a helicopter pilot. I even applied for the Air Force but cricket intervened.”
2. What advice do you have to those who want to be a BLACKCAP?
“Keep enjoying what you are doing. If you lose that then it becomes a chore. I love going to work and enjoying everything I do.”
3. Final words for BLACKCAP supporters?
“Keep coming to the games and supporting us. And make sure you enjoy your selves at our games this summer.”