Popular player of New Zealand cricket team: Ken Rutherford
Ken Rutherford is recognized as a former cricketer of the New Zealand team who relished a long and fruitful 10 years span of playing with the national team alongside the position of a captain for three years. Even though he had a not-so-promising start to his career, he struggled hard to trigger his International Career and acquired the position of a regular player in the team.
Rutherford did not have a very steady and remarkable playing career. Even though he clearly had the potential to perform superbly that is evident from the 34 first-class centuries he achieved, his performances were not very hopeful specifically owing to his captaincy tenure that gave his team only two Test wins against 18 attempts. He achieved his premier first-class score i.e 317 in 1986 when he was on the NZ touring side. This included 8 sixes and 45 boundary fours which crossed the boundary rope for a record of 53 times. It was in a One Day International when Rutherford won 10 matches as a Captain and accomplished his career’s highest International score.
In 1995, Rutherford was dropped from the New Zealand cricket team, after which he moved to South Africa and played first-class cricket over a period of five seasons for Transvaal and Gauteng. Post retirement, he was appointed to coach the National Cricket team of Ireland.
Ken Rutherford played 121 one day international matches where he scored 3143 runs at an averageof 29.65 including two hundreds and 18 fifties. His highest ODI score was 108 runs. In 56 test matches, Rutherford scored 2465 runs at an average of 27.08 including 3 hundreds and 18 fifties. His highest test score was 107 runs. Charming right hand batsman, Rutherford was a phenomenal batsman for New Zealand cricket team. It is pretty evident from different profiles on this website that New Zealand is a heaven of magical batsmen who have enthralled the cricket spectators for too long.