New Zealand cricket history is incomplete without Brendon McCullum of the last two decades. A confident youngster who stunned the world with his passion of self-belief. Brendon McCullum, who made his ODI debut in 2002, played his first Test match in 2004 after a gap of almost two years.
But what was it that set Brendon McCullum apart in the era of players like Adam Gilchrist and Mark Boucher? A pyrotechnic wicket keeper or an aggressive batsman who could bat very easily against fast bowlers.
Adam Gilchrist was certainly an enchanting batsman of his times but his agility and quickness behind the stumps keep Brendon McCullum far ahead from the other’s.
There is very few players like Brendon McCullum who plays cricket fearlessly with a belief. When Brendon McCullum’s bat spoke on any Cricket ground in the world, he did not give the bowlers a chance to survive at all. Sehwag and Jayasuriya did bat but the way Brendon McCullum made contact with the ball was way different and appealing to the crowds.
What will be the player’s thinking in his last Test match as a batsman? Spent some time at the crease and just played a few shots or played a long innings. But Brendon McCullum said why not make the last test match memorable when he has smashed the fastest test century in just 54 balls in cricket history against Australia in 2016. The previous best record were with Viv Richards along with Misbah ul Haq who scored test century in 56 balls.
Not the just fastest test century but Brendon McCullum also became the ever New Zealand cricketer to holds the record of triple century in test cricket history in 2014 against India when he scored 302 runs after it was all lost for the home team.
Brendon McCullum is the only cricketer after Martin Crowe (299) to holds the record alongside Virender Sehwag and Brian Lara in triple century elite club.
With over 10000 runs across the formats Brendon McCullum has took his team to world cup finals in 2015 where they eventually lost to Australia and after which in 2016 Brendon McCullum retires from cricket.