Amidst the deadly virus ravaging the world, the former batsman of New Zealand Daniel Flynn called curtains on his 16-year cricketing career. On Thursday, he announced his retirement from all forms of games including domestic tournaments as well. He made his debut in international cricket against England at iconic Lord’s in 2008.
After serving as the captain of the New Zealand Under-19 team, Flynn earned a T20I call up in 2008 as a replacement for the injured Jacob Oram. He was given his Test and ODI debuts the same year on New Zealand’s tour to England. His journey got an initial halt right in his second game, as James Anderson’s bouncer saw him losing his two front teeth.
In an international career spanning a little over five years, Flynn played 24 Tests, 20 ODIs, and five T20Is, making a combined 1325 runs, including six half-centuries. He batted almost three hours in the second innings of his debut Test at Lord’s, his 118-ball 29 helping New Zealand salvage a draw.
Winning trophies for Northern Districts is special – Daniel Flynn
Flynn played 100 first-class matches for Northern Districts, notching 20 centuries, the most by any batsman from the association. He made his debut for Northern in a one-day match in December 2004 as a 19-year-old, then made his first-class debut the following month against Otago.
Reflecting on his career, Flynn said: “Representing your country is the ultimate for any cricketer; it’s what you dream of as a kid, so to have achieved it is something I look back on with immense satisfaction.
“The people I’ve played alongside throughout my career stand out for me; they’re not just good cricketers, but good people, who I’ve learned plenty from both on and off the field. Winning trophies for ND alongside these guys was always special, and those are memories that I will never forget,” Daniel Flynn added.
Apart from being a crucial part in the team as a player, Flynn captained Northern Districts in 47 first-class matches, as well as in 25 limited-overs matches. Surprisingly, he called curtains at the age of 34 despite having an option of taking a sabbatical leave.