Brendon McCullum, one of the devastating players of the game will be retire from the game after the second Test against Australia, which shall start on Saturday at Christchurch. Brendon has expressed doubt that he would barely be able to retire as one of the cricket’s legends.
His batting average of 38.00 in a span of 101 tests can stand proof to his belief. Though ‘Baz’, as he is popularly known, is currently one of the most explosive batsmen of the game he did not play the role of just a batsman or a wicket-keeper batsman.
Playing It in Style…
- Brendon’s approach to the game has been a treat for the fans, and they would miss him for his blistering knocks which have demolished the toughest of oppositions.
- He said that “I will never go down as a great player, but I have done my part for the team. I have stood by my style of cricket which I have been playing for years”.
- Interestingly, Brendon hasn’t changed his test cap which he received on playing his first test in 2004. The same goes for his all-attack batting style.
- He admits that there are many defects concerned with such an aggressive mode of cricket, but it has its perks.
- Though his tactics failed at times resulting in adverse situations, Brendon maintained his composure and delivered some game-changing knocks in his career.
Scores, Scores and Lot of Scores…
Baz admits that he has become ‘rancid’ after years in the game. However, his batting points the other way. His batting has gained strength gradually after he took over the captaincy in 2012. His average in tests has been at 45 since then, and his list of achievements stand proof to this fact.
- Second player to score a Twenty20 International century after West Indian Chris Gayle
- Five ODI centuries
- Two Twenty20 centuries
- Eleven tests centuries
- The year of 2014 was raining runs for Mr. McCullum. In 2014, his scores comprised of two double centuries, 302 and 195.
- Such magnanimous scores propelled his average per innings to a staggering 72. He outrivaled prominent players such as David Warner, Kumar Sangakarra, Younis Khan and Angelo Matthews in this detail.
- He has the sole credit of hitting 200 sixes in ODIs and 100 in Tests with the latter being same to Adam Gilchrist’s world record for sixes in Tests.
A player of utter magnificence and class is about to leave cricket and that too with humility. What more can anyone ask of a man? Baz has proved that cricket is truly a gentleman’s game!