The cricketing career of New Zealand captain Brendon ‘Barrie’ McCullum came to an end with the fifth ball of Josh Hazlewood&’s over in the Christchurch Test against Australia on Monday. New Zealand won’t have him in the national jersey anymore; the commentators won’t get the opportunity to exclaim ‘What a player Brendon McCullum is’.
But he has done what many international players could not even imagine of doing. Even while bidding adieu to international cricket, McCullum&’s innings were not short on entertainment. He became the first ever Test captain to score a century in the final outing. He hit the century in just 54 balls, which is the fastest century in Tests ever.
The 34-year-old also became the first ever captain in Test cricket to score the maximum number of runs in the final Test. He scored 170 runs in both the innings, breaking the West Indian player Karl Nunes&’s 86-year-old record.
Just as Adelaide is for Virat Kohli, Christchurch is for Brendon McCullum. In his last innings in the Christchurch Test on Monday, McCullum scored just 25. It was a first — he never failed to score 50 ever earlier on this pitch.
He made 195 and 145 in his previous two Test innings; and 51, 65 and 55 in his three ODI innings here. His average has been 89.33 with a strike rate of 159.52 in international matches at this venue.
Interestingly, McCullum announced his retirement in December 2015, at the same ground, a day after his team won the Test series against Sri Lanka 2-0.
However, the good news for his fans is that he will continue to show his batting skills in the unofficial leagues, the Indian Premier League being the first one.