Black Caps ‘bad boy’ Ryder a hero at World Cup

March 27th, 2011 - 2:52 pm ICT by ANI  

Jesse Ryder Wellington, Mar 27 (ANI): New Zealand cricket’s one-time bad boy Jesse Ryder repaid teammates and bosses faith with master batting performance to help his team reach the World Cup semifinals.

“It was fantastic for Jesse. He has had his ups and downs but at the heart of it all he is just a fantastic cricket player. Jesse is a good human being,” New Zealand Cricket boss Justin Vaughan told Sunday News last night.

Vaughan reached out to a troubled Ryder when his career was at risk after a late-night drinking session in 2009, Stuff.co.nz reports.

“We don’t want to cast him out and say, ‘When you’re fixed come back’. We want to be part of the solution if we can,” he said at the time.

Ryder repaid the trust Vaughan showed in him, as a cricketer and person. He top-scored with 83 in the Black Caps quarter-finals win over tournament favourites South Africa in Dhaka.

Vaughan said he wasn’t surprised Ryder had been the Black Caps quarter-finals star.

Cricket Players’ Association boss Heath Mills, who has worked closely with the former wild child to save his cricket career, was delighted to see him shine at the World Cup.

“He [Ryder] has had his trials and tribulations. But he has kept working hard,” Mills said. (ANI)

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