He created the most adorable thing in the history of New Zealand cricket as his bravado had won New Zealand the semifinal against South Africa in 2015 World Cup semifinal at Auckland, Eden Park. Now, after New Zealand’s World T20 Semifinal loss in India Grant Elliot bid adieu the One Day international cricket.
Cricket will remember him for his brilliance against his nation of birth South Africa and that sportsmanship after winning the match as he holds up devastated Dale Steyn’s hand to help the later to stand up as Steyn laid on the pitch after heartbreaking semifinal loss.
The 37 year Elliott hit Dale Steyn a six in the last delivery over the cow corner to propel New Zealand to their first World Cup final.
This shot was voted by the citizen of New Zealand as the sporting moment of 2015.
“I have played my last one-day game,” Elliott told Newshub at Auckland Airport on Friday after the New Zealand team returned home from the World Twenty20 tournament in India following a semi-final exit.
“I’m going to reassess and let the dust settle. As long as I’m enjoying my cricket, I haven’t made a call on anything yet. So I’ll just get home and assess it.”
Born in South Africa, Elliott moved to new Zealand to play international cricket, making his Test debut against England in 2008 but only competed five matches in almost two years.
He molded himself as a successful limited over player but was a surprise selection in New Zealand World Cup squad last year, having not appeared for the 14 months. He also spent more than two years out of the side prior to that.
The right hander’s composure was most evident during the tournament as New Zealand went through pool play unbeaten and his 84 not out against south Africa in the semifinal typified his influence on the team.
Elliott also tops scored with 83 in the final against Australia, who were the eventually champion of 2015 World Cup at big “G”-Melbourne Cricket Ground.
His last one-day international was in February against Australia at Seddon Park in Hamilton, when he scored his 11th half century.
He finished his international ODI career with 1,976 runs at 34.06 with two centuries. Elliott is also a handy slow-medium bowler, who finished with 39 wickets at 30.23 in his 83 One-day internationals.
However, he will be available for selection for T20 international and Test cricket.