Colin de Grandhomme shuns his long curls before Pakistan series
De Grandhomme is set to play in the ODI and T20I series against Pakistan.
Updated - Sep 15, 2021 9:38 am
Of late, New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme has been in the news, more for his hairstyle than his cricketing prowess. A few months ago, he sported long curls and his pictures went viral on social media platforms. The pictures became a source of meme-making as well as netizens found them hilarious. However, De Grandhomme has taken a complete U-turn of late.
He is set to take part in the bilateral series against Pakistan, starting Friday, September 17. Prior to the series, De Grandhomme changed his hairstyle and posed for the cameras to unveil his new look. He hasn’t been in great form in recent times and it remains to be seen if change of hairstyle can bring change of luck for the 35-year-old from Harare.
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Ian Smith critical of Colin de Grandhomme
Earlier, former New Zealand cricketer Ian Smith came down hard on De Grandhomme for the latter’s poor run of form in recent times. In the T20I series against Bangladesh, the all-rounder could only manage to score 18 runs from five games at a disastrous average of 3.60.
Moreover, he picked up only one wicket from 3.4 overs at an economy rate of 4.36, meaning that he wasn’t entrusted much with the ball. Keeping in mind De Grandhomme’s contributions of late, Smith stated that he would have dropped him from the national team.
“He doesn’t bowl spin, he’s not scoring any runs; he’s a handy fieldsman we know that, but can I risk him on the fact that he will come off one time out of ten? I don’t think so,” Smith was quoted as saying on a Sky Sports NZ podcast with Mike Hesson.
“Every now and then, players are not suited to conditions and when they’re not playing well enough, you give them a spell [out of the XI]. If I think on that side, I’m probably thinking Colin de Grandhomme is not going to win me a game and that’s what you want to do in limited-overs cricket.
Those scores reflect he’s not doing that, so the all-round side of the game is negated by the fact that they don’t need his type of bowling in these conditions. I’d leave him out, to be brutally honest,” Smith added.