New Zealand’s opening batsman Hamish Rutherford has decided to retire from cricket. He will play the last match of his career in the Super Smash match against Northern Districts in Dunedin next week. After this his golden career will come to an end. Otago Cricket will honor Rutherford in his last match on 23 January.
Gave this statement on retirement
According to the report of ESPN Cricinfo, he said that it is a privilege to play for Otago. It was always a dream to play for New Zealand, but the opportunities cricket has given me and my family. For that I am grateful. I have enjoyed every minute of it. I appreciate the support I have received from family and friends, fellow players, fans and coaches.
Otago Cricket chief executive Mike Cogan said Hamish would be considered one of Otago’s greatest players. I have seen him play such innings that lesser cricketers play. He has been a great entertainer on the cricket field. I have the utmost respect for him as a player and person. His contribution to Otago cricket has been immense. Hamish has always been a student of the game and remains one of the finest thinkers of domestic cricket. It has been a pleasure to see and know him and I wish him all the best in his retirement.
Played all three formats for New Zealand
Hamish Rutherford will retire after playing most T20 matches for Otago. He broke Neil Broom’s record earlier this month. He will retire having played the third most matches for Otago across all formats, behind Broome (348) and Derek de Border (292). Rutherford made his debut for New Zealand in 2013. He has scored 755 runs in 16 Test matches, 15 runs in 4 ODI matches and 151 runs in 8 T20 matches. Apart from this, he has scored 7863 runs in 130 first class matches, which includes 17 centuries. He has 13 centuries in his name in List A matches.
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