Brendon McCullum opened up his heart and expressed his pleasure to square legendary Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist’s prestigious record of 100 sixes in Test cricket.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said he never thought he will one day touch Gilchrist’ record for the most Test match sixes.
During the fourth day of the first Test against visiting Sri Lanka at University Oval, Dunedin McCullum hit two big sixes to score 17 runs off 8 balls before declaring the innings with a 405 runs target for Sri Lanka. He hit total three sixes in the match. In the first innings, he scored a 57 ball 75 which was comprised of 13 boundaries and one six.
The three sixes helped McCullum to surpass Jacques Kallis, Chris Gayle and finally to touch Gilchrist’s record.
New Zealand won the match by 122 runs. The 34-year-old 98 Test veteran said that he was well aware he levelled Gilchrist, who retired from Test cricket in 2008 after playing 96 Test.
Adam Gilchrist hailed McCullum for the record
Nice work by @BLACKCAPS skipper Brendan McCullum. Plenty more 6’s to come. Love the way you play.
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) December 14, 2015
“It’s the only record I actually care about, it’s the only record that Kane (Williamson) or Ross (Taylor) aren’t going to break as well so I should be able to hold on to that one.
“I’ve been aware of it for a while as you can probably tell by the way I bat all through my career.”Howver, he was not tempted to try and hit his 101st six staright away.
“No, I said 400 to the boys so it would have looked pretty selfish if I’d stayed out there for one more crack at it.”
McCullum will have further opportunities this summer to make the record his own, with one more Test against Sri Lanka, starting in Hamilton on Friday, and then two at home against Australia in February.
He emphasised that New Zealand grounds are smaller than Australian grounds that made thing easier for him to clear the bopundary rope.