Ronchi: 'Get off the strike; it's a good thing'

"Get off the strike. It is a good thing. I think the best way to bat sometimes is to be at the other end," said New Zealand's Luke Ronchi after scoring a century against Mumbai in a warm-up game.

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Luke Ronchi scored a brisk hundred for New Zealand on the final day of the warm-up game against Mumbai.   -  PTI

Luke Ronchi is the only cricketer to have played for Australia and New Zealand. At 35, he is still waiting to play his second Test.

Rich in experience, Ronchi follows a simple game-plan. “Get off the strike. It is a good thing. I think the best way to bat sometimes is to be at the other end," he says.

Looking back at his approach on this day when he scored a century against Mumbai, Rochi said, “With the field in, I try to hit them out. A couple over the top and (and then) there are a few more gaps. That is how I pretty much go about my batting. If it works, then fantastic though it is not going to work all the time. Today, I just wanted to have a hit and do as best as I possibly could.”

About batting with the lower-order batsmen, he said, “In the Test matches, we are going to need everyone to contribute to win games. So the more you can gain from this sort of situation, the more you can bat with them and talk to them while they are batting, you can learn some things, you might be able to teach a few things, as well,” explained the wicket-keeper batsman.