It's all about second impression for Luke Ronchi

Luke Ronchi became the first player since Kepler Wessels to represent two Test playing nations. This was when he represented New Zealand in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. This was after he had played four ODIs for Australia since making his debut in 2008.

updated: January 19, 2014 19:17 IST
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The New Zealand-born Luke Ronchi was just 20 when he moved to Australia and began to ply his trade as a sharp wicketkeeper with good hitting abilities for Western Australia. He took the domestic stage by scruff of its neck, scoring the fastest century off 56 balls. A 49-ball 89 against England XI and a 51-ball century against Queensland followed, and yet, cricket wasn't about first impressions.

In 2008, at 27, Ronchi got a chance to don the Australian colours but this joy was short-lived for him. To be precise, he lasted just four games before his form plummeted to new lows and he was pushed down the pecking order by domestic performers like Matthew Wade, Graham Manou and Tim Paine as back-up option to Brad Haddin. Incidentally, in his final appearance for Australia, he scored 64 off 28 deliveries -- his only ODI fifty -- in Australia's total of 341 against the West Indies at St. Kitts.

Ronchi's happy memory from the knock against the West Indies faded away soon as he found himself out of the Western Australia side too. Form eluded him for long periods and he even contemplate giving up the sport. He hung around in search of runs till 2011-12 and then took the bold step of moving to his birth nation, New Zealand in search of greener pastures. What followed was more hard work and toil but then national call up finally came around in 2013. From an Australian reject to a New Zealand international, Ronchi's steely resolve and ability to stay determined through this topsy-turvy phase provides great justice to what he is fondly called by his teammates --- Rock.

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