February 22 will be remembered as the last time New Zealand cricketing legend Brendon McCullum batted for his country. Only a brilliant catch from David Warner could dismiss the man who has not only left his mark on the cricketing world from his own performances but has reshaped how New Zealand play through his captaincy.
In 2012, McCullum was made captain and began the reboot of New Zealand's cricket. Now at first, there was of course a few embarrassing performances - one in South Africa comes to mind, but overall their performances in all three forms of the game have drastically improved since he took over the reins.
Star Batsman, Kane Williamson, is the likely replacement for the job. In his last test, McCullum has shown that he is still good enough to be playing international cricket by breaking the fastest test century record in the first innings of his final match.
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He will be remembered for his 101 consecutive Test for his country, an average of around 38 and, of course, the record of the most 6’s in Test Cricket (107).
But will we ever see him play again?
McCullum is still arguably the most destructive T20 batsman in World Cricket. His retirement leaves fans of the upcoming T20 World Cup in India very disappointed.
He has played in Indian Premier League, Big Bash League in Australia and had stints at Glamorgan, Sussex, Warwickshire and Middlesex in the English County T20 competitions over the years.
McCullum has also signed a two-year deal with Brisbane Heat again in the Big Bash and will play for the newly formed Gujarat Lions in the IPL this year. Evidentially, it’s clear that he will continue to excite local fans around the world in T20 competitions.
It has also been evident with McCullum’s stint as captain that he is one of the games tactical genius'. His incredible and even bizarre at times on-field settings will be the mark that he leaves behind.
It’s very rare that the cricketing world sees somebody who plays with such aggression on the field, but who is cool, calm and collected off the field. His expertise may be requested by teams around the world, or he could even join his brother Nathan in the New Zealand commentary box.
Surely his cricketing journey isn’t over and whatever does become of his retirement, he will be respected and acknowledged.
Goodbye, Brendon, You will be missed!
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