The 28 year old kiwi All rounder cricketer is set to lead New Zealand in the final T20 against West Indies in absence of Kane Williamson and Tim Southee. He is considered to be an experienced T20 player of the lot as he’s played across many league in this short format like the IPL and CPL.
Leading National team:
Santner described his emotion ahead for captaining the New Zealand National T20 team. He said: “Yeah, it’s pretty cool obviously. It’s a privilege to play for your country, let alone captain it”
He further added: “Definitely very excited for the opportunity and looking forward to catching up with the boys tomorrow and joining them in Auckland.”
Planning for future:
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead opined that giving the captaincy to Santner was part of planning for the future, and seeing how he takes to the role.
“I guess when we looked at a one-off game, we started looking at who were the people we were looking to the future and Mitch has a lot of experience through the Caribbean Premier League and IPL and being with the international team for a long period of time,” Stead said.
Santner has featured in 44 T20s for his home side. He has 282 runs in format and 52 wickets to his name.