Roneel Hira

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Roneel Hira
Personal information
Born 23 January 1987 (1987-01-23) (age 30)
Auckland, New Zealand
Batting style Left hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Role Bowler
International information
National side
T20I debut (cap 53) 11 February 2012 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I 27 June 2013 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006–present Auckland
Career statistics
Competition T20I LA FC
Matches 15 88 20
Runs scored 37 761 180
Batting average 18.50 25.68 30.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/1 0/1
Top score 20* 70* 57*
Balls bowled 254 3,585 552
Wickets 10 62 4
Bowling average 33.70 48.16 78.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 2/42 4/31 3/85
Catches/stumpings 2/– 35/– 1/0
Source: Cricinfo, 22 June 2013

Roneel "Ronnie" Magan Hira (born 23 January 1987) is a New Zealand Twenty20 International cricketer who is a left-arm off spinner.

His relaxed attitude to cricket and his bowling style have been compared to Phil Tufnell.

Domestic career[edit]

Hira made his debut for Auckland in first-class, List A and Twenty20 matches in the 2006–07 season. He represented New Zealand in the 2006 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka. He last played a first-class game in March 2008, but has represented Auckland with more regularity in the limited-overs formats. Hira was a part of the Auckland 50-over and Twenty20 sides that won the New Zealand domestic titles in 2010–11. He subsequently travelled to India with the Auckland Aces as part of their unsuccessful campaign in the Champions League Twenty20, an international Twenty20 cricket competition between club teams from India, Australia, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and West Indies.

After three seasons as a contracted player for the Auckland Aces, Hira's domestic contract was not renewed for the 2011–12 season.[1] Despite only receiving match payments, Hira was the bowling standout of the domestic Twenty20 competition in the 2011–12 season and was an integral part of Auckland's successful defence of the HRV Twenty20 Cup. In an impressive campaign, he took 14 wickets at an average of 14.85 and, most importantly given the high-scoring Twenty20 format, conceded only 5.85 runs an over.[2]

Hira finished the Twenty-20 competition as the joint leading wicket-taker and impressed with his sharp fielding and his batting cameos lower down the order. On the back of this performance, Hira was the winner of the HRV Cup MVP bowling rankings. His 76.06 MVP bowling points placed him well clear of the Canterbury Wizards' Rob Nicol who was second with 54.27; he got the HRV Cup MVP award for 2014.[3]

International career[edit]

Hira was rewarded with selection in the New Zealand Twenty-20 squad for the 2012 series against Zimbabwe and South Africa.[4] He was born in Auckland.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aces' Roneel Hira spinning for second T20 title", Fairfax NZ News. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  2. ^ "HRV Cup season summary – the numbers", New Zealand Cricket. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Ronnie Hira earns Fujitsu Heat Pumps MVP". New Zealand Cricket Players Association. December 11, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Zimbabwe in New Zealand 2011–12: Bates, Latham picked; Brendon McCullum to lead", ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 28 January 2012.

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