Amid scenes of rare passion, New Zealand’s Grant Elliott played the innings of his life in the semi-finals of the ongoing 2015 World Cup against South Africa to take his team to the finals for the first time in the mega event. He played a magnificient unbeaten knock of 84 to finish a tense semi-final in his team’s favour. Let us get to know more about New Zealand’s hero, who even missed his sister’s wedding March 20th, just because of the dream to help his team lift the title:
All About Grant Elliott:
Grant Elliott was born on March 21, 1979 in Johannesburg. Son of a South African plastic surgeon, Elliott attended St. Stithians College, whose notable cricketing alumni include England’s Michael Lumb and South Africa’s emerging seamer Kagiso Rabada.
Elliott made his first-class debut in 1996-97 at Gauteng and scored 67. But with the quota system possibly blocking his path to reach a higher level, he left his native Johannesburg for New Zealand in 2001. After playing seven years of domestic cricket Wellington, he got a call-up to New Zealand’s Test side during the series against England. Few months later, he went on to make his ODI debut against England at Birmingham, in which he took 3 wickets. He scored his maiden ODI hundred against Australia in the third game of the Chappell-Hadlee series at SCG in 2009.
Elliott stole the show in the ICC Champions Trophy 2009 in South Africa, where he took a four-wicket haul against England at the Wanderers which helped New Zealand qualify for the semi-finals and in it, he played a match-winning knock of 75 to take his team to the finals for the second time in the history of Champions Trophy (New Zealand won the event in 2000).
During the series against Sri Lanka just before 2015 World Cup, he scored his second ODI hundred and along with wicket-keeper batsman Luke Ronchi, the duo set a record of the highest sixth-wicket partnership in ODIs (267 runs).
Despite not playing ODIs since 2013, he was surprise inclusion in the New Zealand’s squad for this World Cup ahead of all-rounder Jimmy Neesham, but with the kind of innings he has played against South Africa, he’ll surely be the key player for New Zealand going into the finals on March 29th at MCG.