Blackcaps batsmen Colin Munro blasts into record books with century against West Indies

The opening batsmen is the first player to score three international T20 centuries.
The opening batsmen is the first player to score three international T20 centuries. Photo credit: Photosport

Blackcaps opening batsmen Colin Munro raged into the record books in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday, as New Zealand wrapped up the Twenty20 series against the West Indies.

Munro became the first cricketer to rack-up three international T20 centuries when he scored 104 runs off 53 deliveries as the Blackcaps crushed the Windies by 119 runs at the Bay Oval.

The 30-year-old hit 10 sixes as New Zealand posted 243/5 from their 20 overs - the world T20 champion West Indies could only muster 124 in reply.

It capped off a remarkable series for Munro against the Caribbean nations, who scored 53 in the first and was on 66 before the rain kicked in during the second T20.

Munro credits his brilliant run of form to the simple fact that he is loving his cricket at the moment and it is helping him stay more relaxed at the crease.

"I'm enjoying my cricket at the moment, being in this environment. We're being given the freedom to go out there and express ourselves and the boys are doing that well.

"I've got to take the good and the bad when I go out and play the way I do. I'm fortunate enough now that it's going well, but it's not always going to go well, so I've just got to ride this wave as long as I can."

Colin Munro.
Colin Munro. Photo credit: Getty Images

Munro also admitted he had been in regular contact with former Blackcaps captain Brendon McCullum who offered him some great advice. 

"He keeps telling me the same things as he did when I played under him - stand still, be aggressive, and just have some fun.

"I'll keep using Brendon McCullum as my mentor, and the experience of [opening partner] Martin Guptill as well, batting with him day-in, day-out.

"As long as I can stay in a clear frame of mind, I think I'll be alright."

With series against Pakistan and England on the horizon, Munro might have plenty more opportunities to blast more centuries for New Zealand.

"The way we've played as a team, we've raised the bar every single game and got better and better, and I think if we can keep doing that against Pakistan, we'll go a long way to winning that series."