On Tuesday, New Zealand pacer Hamish Bennett announced his retirement from all formats of cricket. Bennett made his international debut in a test match against India in 2010. Interestingly, it was also the only test Hamish Bennett played in his career.
In a professional career that lasted for 17 long years, Hamish Bennett represented New Zealand in 19 ODIs and 11 T20I matches. While he picked up 33 wickets in the one-day cricket, he accounted for 10 wickets in the T20I cricket.
Hamish last represented New Zealand in a T20I game against Bangladesh in September 2021.
New Zealand cricket confirms Hamish Bennett’s retirement
New Zealand cricket confirmed Bennett’s retirement through their Twitter account, congratulating the pacer on his playing career and services to the Blackcaps cricket.
As per reports of the Blackcaps cricket, Hamish Bennett said, “I’ve been so fortunate to work and play alongside so many great players, captains, and coaches and I’d like to thank every one of them for their support over the years. Men’s and women’s cricket in New Zealand is in an exciting place, so I’m looking forward to putting the feet up and watching the game grow from the sidelines.”
“It’s been an honor to represent my family and my country for New Zealand and those memories and experiences will be ones that I cherish and tell stories about for the rest of my life,” he further added.
Congratulations to Hamish Bennett on his playing career with @cricketwgtninc, @CanterburyCrick and the BLACKCAPS. #CricketNation https://t.co/JR9naQGuYA
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) April 12, 2022
Hamish Bennett made his first-class debut for Canterbury in 2005. Reflecting upon his long cricketing journey, Bennett said, “When I started out as a young kid bowling in the nets in Timaru, I never dreamed I would have gone on to enjoy the career that I’ve had.’’
“From Old Boys Timaru Cricket Club who got me involved in cricket at the start, Timaru Boys’ High School, South Canterbury Cricket, Canterbury Cricket, Cricket Wellington, and New Zealand Cricket, as well as all the other great clubs I’ve played for down the years, they’ve all played a role in helping me achieve my cricket dream,” Hamish Bennett concluded.