New Zealand’s top-order batsman Mark Chapman became the first player in T20I history to score fifties for two countries. He achieved the feat while playing for the Black Caps against India on Wednesday.
Chapman scored a 50-ball 63 against India, which was his first fifty for New Zealand. It was an innings filled with confident strokeplay and one that was necessary after the Kiwis had lost their first wicket on the third ball of the innings.
In the process, Chapman became the first cricketer to score fifties for two different countries in the T20I format. He previously played for Hong Kong, his birth nation, from 2011-2016, where he scored a fifty against Oman.
Mark Chapman began playing for New Zealand in 2018
Mark Chapman was eligible to play for New Zealand through his father. Because of the amount of time he spent playing for the Auckland Cricket Team, he decided to try his luck with the Black Caps. The decision worked as he was added to their squad for the T20I series against England and Australia in 2018.
He made his debut on February 13, 2018, against England and became only the sixth cricketer to represent two countries in T20Is. He went on to make his ODI debut in the same month, becoming the tenth player to represent two countries in the format.