This talented batsman was recently recognised at the New Zealand Cricket Awards, winning the Redpath Cup for his stunning batting performances during the 2008/2009 season.
Jesse Ryder hails from Masterton but made a name for himself on the domestic stage playing for the Wellington Firebirds. He first appeared for the BLACKCAPS in early 2008 playing in a Twenty20 game against England at Eden Park and made his ODI debut in game against England at the Stadium – his home turf in Wellington. His Test debut came in October the same year against Bangladesh.
Jesse was encouraged to play cricket by his family and would participate in backyard games. His fondest memory however was scoring a double century against India in Napier during the 2008/2009 season.
He’s determined to make Wellington his permanent home and has recently purchased a property in the Hutt, which includes a games room and over 600 DVDs.
Quick fire questions
1. How would you describe your self in three words?
“Chilled, social, mysterious.”
2. What is your secret talent?
“I love Guitar Hero. I lock myself away and get into it. My claim to fame is scoring 100 percent on vocals to Radiohead’s Creep.”
3. What tips do you have for those wanting to be a BLACKCAP?
“Keep enjoying playing the game and keep learning.”