New Zealand off-roader Colin de Grandhomme signed a deal with Hampshire Hawks for Vitality Blast 2021. He will return to the tournament having previously presented for Birmingham Bears in 2018. He will be the second overseas signing for Hampshire Hawks after announcing the arrival of Short D’Arcy some days ago.
Under the agreement, the 34-year-old Kiwi will join the team led by James Vince after serving for his national team in the World Test Championship final against India on June 18-22. The off-road veteran was out of international action. within the past year due to an ankle injury
Having played a key role for the Birmingham Bears in 2018, he is seen as a great addition to the Hampshire team. Being a hard hitting middle or hitter and a right arm closer, Grandhomme brings balance to the flanks. He will also have immense experience in international cricket after scoring 102 appearances for New Zealand in all three formats since his debut in 2012.
The off-roader has been an integral part of the New Zealand team, especially in the limited overs formats. His contributions to the test have been quite significant, with his participation in previous test matches. He has had a phenomenal national record, especially in T20, and has appeared in various franchises around the world. As of now, he has scored 3,353 runs averaging 24.29 and 66 wickets in 201 T20 games. It has an excellent hit rate of 161.20. Grandhomme is excited about this opportunity after previous good experiences in county cricket.
“I have always loved playing county cricket and am looking forward to joining Hampshire Hawks for this year’s Vitality Blast. “
The Kiwi is likely to be available for Hampshire’s final group matches in Vitality Blast after the conclusion of the WTC final. Giles White, Hampshire’s director of cricket, believes Grandhomme will bring a lot of experience to the team. He insisted that the Kiwi’s skill with both the bat and the ball makes him a perfect fit for the team.