Colin Munro credits a former New Zealand player for his T20 exploits

Colin Munro credits a former New Zealand player for his T20 exploits

Munro smashed 104 off just 53 deliveries against Windies in the third T20I.

Colin Munro
Colin Munro of New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

The swashbuckling New Zealand opener Colin Munro entered into the record books on Wednesday after scoring his third century in T20 Internationals. He thumped Windies bowlers into the submission and helped his team clean sweep the three-match series. The left-hander was also named Man of the Series for his belligerent batting display throughout the series. However, he still believes to improve in the One-Day Internationals and has credited the former Kiwi player for his refined skills in the department.

The 31-year-old has redefined his form since he has been opening the innings for New Zealand. The experiment was done by the team management during the tour of India and he fared decently at the top. His hard-hitting skills had caught the home team off-guard especially in the shortest format which pushed the invincible Indian side to the corner at times. Though he is looking forward to the five-match ODI series against Pakistan which will commence on January 6.

I’ve got to ride this wave as long as I can

Colin Munro is known for his typical belligerence at the top of the order and has credited the former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum for his form with the willow. He also enjoys batting with Martin Guptill, who is his opening partner in the line-up. “I’ll keep using Brendon McCullum as my mentor, and the experience of Martin Guptill as well. Batting with him day-in, day-out. As long as I can stay in a clear frame of mind, I think I’ll be alright. He keeps telling me the same things as he did when I played under him – stand still, be aggressive, and just have some fun,” he said according to ESPN Cricinfo.

Munro also admitted that he is enjoying the freedom given to him by the management to express himself without fearing for his spot in the team. “I’m enjoying my cricket at the moment, being in this environment. We’re being given the freedom to go out there and express ourselves. I’ve got to take the good and the bad when I go out and play the way I do. I’m fortunate enough now that it’s going well, but it’s not always going to go well, so I’ve just got to ride this wave as long as I can,” the world record centurion added.

Though he is looking ahead for the remaining summer and wants to do better in the 50-overs format and raise the bar after every single game. Colin Munro also hoped that if the team continues to play the way they did against Windies, they will also beat the Men in Green in the ODI series.

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