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Avilash Majumder, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
Brendon McCulum, one the crickets finest ambassadors waves good bye to cricket. He played his final test match against Australia this week at the Christchurch entertaining his home crowd one final time with an incredible innings where he also broke several records.
McCullum hit the fastest Test ton off just 54 balls, breaking the previous record held by West Indies’ legend Viv Richards, who had breezed through a ton off 56 balls against England in 1985.
McCulum made his international debut in cricket in 17th Jan 2002 against Australia in a One Day match. There were ups and downs in his career but he always found a way back to the lime light by playing some destructive knock through out his entire career. He was a very active character in a cricket match. His aggressive nature made him different from others.Not only that, McCullum scored 170 runs (145, 25) in his last Test, which is the maximum by any captain. His 170 runs were also the maximum by a Kiwi cricketer in his final match. McCullum also became the first captain to score a ton in his final test. His domestic career was also very interesting. He broke multiple State Shield batting records.
He took man of the match award 4 times in test cricket, 5 times in one day cricket and man the series once against Pakistan in 2009-10 season.
“Brendon has been the best whatever he has done,including captaincy. He is retiring probably because he has achieved whatever he wanted to” says Stephen Fleming.
The path rarely smooth for those who threaten the establish order of of things.It is worth remembering the criticism that followed when McCullum took over the captaincy from Ross Taylor in 2013.In his 1st test match in charge,his team were bundled before lunch. But eventually he made the team a balanced side which performed very well in 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and won many hearts around the globe.
Brendon McCullum was a very positive cricketer and he always used to cheer up the whole team. During an interview in his last test match speaking about Viv, McCullum said “Viv was my idol growing up. It’s nice to be able to get past him. I am almost a bit embarrassed to go past him, to be honest.”
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Captains who change something fundamental about their team and their country’s cricket are very rare. Macculum was one of them alongside with Clive Lloyd and Imran Khan. Though for a short while MacCullum gave New Zealand an entertaining bite. The devastating wicket-keeper batsman would not play any more international cricket but he the ‘bad-boy’ will remain in the hearts of millions cricket lover forever.