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jayant   |  2022-05-16

10 Tom Blundell Facts: The New Zealand Darkhorse to watch out for

Tom Blundell, the New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman, is one of the best young cricketers from New Zealand

Tom, with all his batting and wicket-keeping skills, has proven his worth for the New Zealand team

So here, we have listed down 10 interesting facts about the wicket-keeper batsman

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1) On 1 September 1990, Tom Blundell was born in the city of Wellington in New Zealand

2) Tom Blundell was a member of the New Zealand Under-19 team in the 2010 U-19 Cricket World Cup

3) On 7 February 2013, Blundell made his first-class debut for Wellington against Auckland in the 2013 Plunket Shield season

4) On 26 February 2013, Tom Blundell made his List-A debut for Wellington against Otago in the 2013 Ford Trophy

5) In the 2015-16 domestic season, Blundell amassed 1073 runs in 28 matches across all formats and followed it with 537 runs in the 2016-17 season

6) On 8 January 2017, Tom Blundell made his T20I debut for New Zealand against Bangladesh at Mount Maunganui but didn’t get the chance to bat in the entire innings

In the Super Smash of 2016-17 season, Blundell scored 243 runs in nine innings, the highest by any wicketkeeper-batsman in that season

7) On 1 December 2017, Tom Blundell made his international test debut for New Zealand against the West Indies at the Basin Reserve.

Replacing an injured BJ Watling, Blundell scored 107 not out against the Windies in the first innings, the highest score by a New Zealand wicket-keeper on test debut.

8) In June 2018, Blundell received a contract with Wellington for the 2018–19 season

9) In April 2019, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named him one of the five surprising picks for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. But, he did not get to play a match during the tournament.

In May 2019, Blundell was one of twenty cricketers who were awarded a new contract for the 2019–20 season

10) On 5 February 2020, Tom Blundell made his ODI debut for New Zealand against India at Hamilton

In December 2019, against Australia, opening the innings for New Zealand, Tom scored his second test century (121) at the MCG

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