Ronnie Hira is ia an exciting new member of the BLACKCAPS who specialises in the shorter formats of the game.
Hira is primarily known as a left-arm offspin bowler, as well as a spectacular fieldsmen. While he’s not known for hist batting prowess, he has proved himself to be capable when called upon.
The 25 year-old was selected to play in the 2006 Under 19 World Cup for New Zealand and later that year made his debut for Auckland.
After a season or two finding his feet at this level Hira’s ability started to become obvious and was soon considered a valuable member of the Auckland side, particularly in Twenty20s. In the 2010-2011 season Ronnie played a large part in helping his provincial side find success in both the ODI and Twenty20 domestic competitions.
The Twenty20 competition win meant that his side travelled to participate in the Indian Champions League. It was a feat that Hira and Auckland would repeat the next season, again taking out the HRV Twenty20 competition.
It was his outstanding form in the 2011-12 season which earned him a call-up to the national side. At the end of the Twenty20 competition Hira was the competition’s leading wicket taker and the second most economic bowler.
On the 11th of February 2012 Ronnie made his Twenty20 debut for the BLACKCAPS against Zimbabwe. He performed well and was sub-sequentially included in the side to take on South Africa. Without any fireworks, he still managed to hold his own and showed enough to let the selectors know he was up to the rigors of international cricket.
They clearly agreed, with Hira selected to take on West Indies later that year.