Mitchell Santner

Mitchell Josef Santner (born 5 February 1992) is a New Zealand international cricketer who plays all forms of the game. Domestically, he plays for Northern Districts cricket team. He is a bowling all-rounder who bats left-handed, and bowls slow left-arm orthodox spin. He has been involved in the highest 7th wicket partnership for New Zealand in Tests.

Mitchell Santner
Personal information
Full nameMitchell Josef Santner
Born (1992-02-05) 5 February 1992 (age 30)
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
RoleBowling all-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 268)27 November 2015 v Australia
Last Test2 June 2021 v England
ODI debut (cap 184)9 June 2015 v England
Last ODI26 March 2021 v Bangladesh
ODI shirt no.74
T20I debut (cap 66)23 June 2015 v England
Last T20I21 November 2021 v India
Domestic team information
2011/12–presentNorthern Districts
2019–presentChennai Super Kings
2020Barbados Tridents
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 24 75 62 54
Runs scored 766 927 358 2,152
Batting average 24.70 27.26 14.91 28.31
100s/50s 1/2 0/2 0/0 3/12
Top score 126 67 37 126
Balls bowled 4,037 3,385 1,250 8,051
Wickets 41 75 66 84
Bowling average 45.63 36.56 22.95 47.39
5 wickets in innings 0 1 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 3/53 5/50 4/11 4/111
Catches/stumpings 16/– 30/– 26/- 45/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 21 November 2021

Santner was elevated towards the New Zealand team after a promising 2014–15 domestic season. He was named in the one-day squad for the tour of England following the retirement of Daniel Vettori after the 2015 World Cup as New Zealand searched for another left-arm spin option. Santner was then drafted into the touring squad at the start of the England tour to cover for the absence of the players at the Indian Premier League and made an immediate impression with a well-crafted 94 against Somerset. He was handed his One Day International debut at Edgbaston having played just 19 List A matches for Northern Districts.

In November 2020, Santner captained New Zealand for the first time in an international fixture, leading the team in the third Twenty20 International (T20I) match against the West Indies.[1] He did so again in the first T20I match against Pakistan.[2]

International careerEdit

In April 2015, Santner was named in the New Zealand limited-overs squad for the tour of England.[3] He made his One Day International debut for New Zealand on 9 June 2015.[4] His first international wicket was when he trapped fellow debutant Sam Billings for 3. During the fourth ODI in the same series he hit 28 runs off Adil Rashid in one over, which is the second highest runs off one over ever posted in England. He made his Twenty20 International debut in the same series on 23 June 2015.[5]

On 27 November 2015, Santner debuted in his first Test match against Australia. That match was also the first day/night Test. He also became the first player in history to make his test debut in a Day Night Test Match, where he made his debut against Australia. He hit a boundary off the first ball of his Test career.[6]

2016 World Twenty20Edit

Santner was picked to the New Zealand squad as a premier spin bowler along with Nathan McCullum, who was playing his last international tour. In the first match against host India, Santner won man of the match award for his brilliant bowling performances, which lead his side to win by 47 runs. His bowling performance of 4 for 11 is the best bowling figures by a New Zealand spinner in World Twenty20 as well.[7][8] He was named in the 'Team of the Tournament' for the 2016 T20 World Cup by the ICC, Cricinfo and Cricbuzz.[9][10][11]

South Africa in 2017Edit

Santner and Jeetan Patel became the first pair of spinners to open the bowling in an ODI in the 4th ODI.[12]


On 16 January 2018. Santner bowled Pakistani cricketer Fakhar Zaman with a carrom ball, something he had been working on for some time, but only recently brought into his international repertoire.

In March 2018, Santner was out of the Test series against England, after suffering a knee injury, ruling him out of action for six to nine months.[13] The injury meant Santner's planned spell in English county cricket with Derbyshire and Indian Premier League during 2018 had to be cancelled.[14]

In May 2018, he was one of twenty players to be awarded a new contract for the 2018–19 season by New Zealand Cricket.[15]


Santner made the international comeback against Sri Lanka on 11 January 2019 in the only T20I between the sides before going on to play in four of the five ODIs against India as well as all three T20Is and then two of the three ODIs against Bangladesh later during the same summer. In April 2019, he was named in New Zealand's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[16][17]

Santner was bought by Chennai Super Kings in 2019 for INR 50 Lakhs and subsequently made his IPL debut same year.[18] Playing for Chennai Super Kings he hit a 6 from the last ball of the match to defeat the Rajasthan Royals[19]

In November 2019, while playing against England at Bay Oval, Santner scored his maiden test century. His 261-run partnership with BJ Watling became the highest ever 7th wicket partnership for New Zealand in test cricket. He also took 3 wickets in 2nd innings and became the first New Zealand spinner to take wicket on home soil since March 2018 with 101 consecutive Test wickets in 11 innings in between having all fallen to seamers.[20]

In August 2021, Santner was named in New Zealand's squad for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.[21] In February 2022, he was bought by the Chennai Super Kings in the auction for the 2022 Indian Premier League tournament.[22]


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  2. ^ "Debutant Jacob Duffy and Tim Seifert the difference as New Zealand guts it past Pakistan". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Guptill, Henry in NZ Test squad for England". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  4. ^ "New Zealand tour of England, 1st ODI: England v New Zealand at Birmingham, Jun 9, 2015". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  5. ^ "New Zealand tour of England, Only T20I: England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jun 23, 2015". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Mitchell Santner poised for surprise debut as Black Caps turn to spin in Adelaide test". Fairfax Digital. Fairfax New Zealand Ltd. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  7. ^ "World T20, 13th Match, Super 10 Group 2: India v New Zealand at Nagpur, 15 March 2016". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  8. ^ "NZ spin trio routs India on raging turner". Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  9. ^ "ICC names WT20 Teams of the Tournament". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  10. ^ "ESPNcricinfo's team of the 2016 World T20". ESPNcricinfo.
  11. ^ "Cricbuzz Team of the ICC World T20, 2016". Cricbuzz.
  12. ^ "The first time spinners open in ODIs, and Guptill goes 1, 2, 3 for New Zealand". Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Santner ruled out for six to nine months". International Cricket Council. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Mitchell Santner's move to Derbyshire cancelled because of knee injury". BBC Sport. 14 March 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Todd Astle bags his first New Zealand contract". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Sodhi and Blundell named in New Zealand World Cup squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  17. ^ "Uncapped Blundell named in New Zealand World Cup squad, Sodhi preferred to Astle". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  18. ^ "New Zealand Players in IPL". 3 April 2021.
  19. ^ "Mitchell Santner smashes final-ball six to seal dramatic IPL win for Super Kings". Stuff. 11 April 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  20. ^ "Watling's double, Santner's triple leave England reeling". Sport. 24 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  21. ^ "Black Caps announce Twenty20 World Cup squad, two debutants for leadup tours with stars absent". Stuff. 9 August 2021. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  22. ^ "IPL 2022 auction: The list of sold and unsold players". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 February 2022.

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