Player Profile

Mitchell Josef Santner
New Zealand
Born February 05, 1992 ( 27 Yrs )
Birth Place Hamilton
Known As
Player Role Bowling Allrounder
Player Bat Style Left Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style Left-arm orthodox

Career Information - Teams

New Zealand XI, New Zealand, Northern Knights, Worcestershire, Chennai Super Kings

ICC Rankings

All Rounder


Santner got his chance to represent New Zealand once Daniel Vettori decided to retire from the game. He is a like-for-like replacement of the veteran. Having played only 19 List A matches for Northern Districts, the selectors saw the potential in him and fast-tracked him to the national side. Santner was sent on the England tour to play a couple of practice games as some of the Kiwi players were absent due to their IPL commitments.

In only his first game on English soil, Santner impressed everyone, not with the ball, but with the bat. The youngster scored 27 and 94 in the two innings. He was part of the Test squad, but didn't get an opportunity. However, he made his way in the side during the ODI series. He played all 5 matches - picked up 7 wickets and scored 97 runs. Though New Zealand lost the series 3-2, Santner was one of the positives to have come out. He, along with Ish Sodhi, makes New Zealand a decent spin attack these days.

Since his debut, Santner has been an impressive prospect although the 2016-17 season has been a bit tough for the young man. Despite all the obvious talent, Santner has struggled to come to terms with what his stronger suit is. While some feel that he is a clever bowler who can bat a bit, it isn't wrong to call him a proper batsman considering this technique and temperament. For now, he is in the side as a bits-and-pieces cricketer who can do a bit of both. While this works in the shorter formats, it certainly won't merit his selection in red-ball cricket.

Santner's batting particularly dipped during the 2016-17 phase while his bowling hasn't been that effective either. The emergence of spinners like Todd Astle and Ish Sodhi means that Santner will have to be on his toes to keep his spot in the side. While those leg spinners are better matchwinners with the ball, Santner's all-rounder prowess does give him an edge. However, if he continues to struggle with the bat, that would count for little. Santner did start 2018 brightly though and the IPL selection by CSK boosted him further, only for an injury to rule him out for a major part of the year. Considered by many as the next Daniel Vettori, the legend himself has rated Santner highly and hopes that the all-rounder can end up as one of the country's finest cricketers.

World Cup 2019 - What to expect

With conditions in England conducive for seamers, New Zealand might go in with just one spinner. So, it's either going to be Ish Sodhi or Mitchell Santner. No doubt, Santner can chip in with his batting contributions down the order, but the Blackcaps would want him to get wickets in the middle overs at the same time. Looking at how the pitches have behaved in English conditions of late, most of the matches are going to be high scoring ones. If spinners manage to get the wickets only then will teams be able to stem the flow of runs. Santner's ODI average is on the higher side but he has been economical in the 50-over format. If the left-arm spinner manages to keep the pressure on from his end, other bowlers might get wickets from the other end. With as many as three all-rounders (de Grandhomme, Neesham, Santner) - it's going to be a tough call for the team management when it comes to selecting the final XI.

By Hariprasad Sadanandan


TEST debut vs Australia at Adelaide Oval, Nov 27, 2015
Last TEST vs Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium, Aug 14, 2019
ODI debut vs England at Edgbaston, Jun 09, 2015
Last ODI vs England at Lord's, Jul 14, 2019
T20 debut vs England at Emirates Old Trafford, Jun 23, 2015
Last T20 vs England at Eden Park, Nov 10, 2019
IPL debut vs Rajasthan Royals at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Mar 31, 2019
Last IPL vs Mumbai Indians at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Apr 26, 2019

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 69 54 21 898 67 27.21 1021 87.95 0 0 2 62 26
T20 39 27 10 263 37 15.47 205 128.29 0 0 0 22 7
Test 19 23 0 560 73 24.35 1336 41.92 0 0 2 70 10
IPL 4 2 1 32 22 32 23 139.13 0 0 0 0 3

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 69 64 3079 2510 69 50/5 50/5 4.89 36.38 44.62 1 0
T20 39 38 773 928 49 11/4 11/4 7.2 18.94 15.78 0 0
Test 19 30 2876 1353 34 60/3 173/5 2.82 39.79 84.59 0 0
IPL 4 4 84 94 4 13/2 13/2 6.71 23.5 21 0 0