Chris Cairns evolved from something of a rebel to something of a senior statesman
As one of the most colourful personalities in their team, Chris Cairns evolved from something of a rebel to something of a senior statesman, particularly after his significant role in bringing the players’ strike to a close in 2002, when he was named captain. His allround abilities made him one of the greatest allrounders in the world when he was at his peak, and he became just the sixth person in history to accomplish the allrounder’s double of 200 wickets and 3000 runs in March 2004.
Cairns announced his retirement from One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in January 2006, and he played his last match for New Zealand the following month. Between 1989 and 2006, he represented New Zealand in 62 Tests and 215 One-Day Internationals (ODIs).