Being the first foreigner to be roped in by any of the franchises in the latest IPL Draft, McCullum quoted that it would be too early to speak anything regarding captaincy of his new IPL team – Rajkot.
The aggressive batsman was picked up by the Rajkot franchise for Rs.7.5 crore for the 2016 and 2017 season at the IPL Draft. This would be the fourth jersey that McCullum would be dawning after his previous stints with KKR, Kochi Tuskers and the last one being Chennai Super Kings which got terminated from IPL for 2 years as their owners were involved in match-fixing scandal.
After being picked by Rajkot, the devastating batsman said he has always enjoyed playing in India.
“Having played in India on so many occasions over the years, I am excited to be part of the Rajkot side for the next edition of the IPL. It has always been great playing in India as the crowds give you so much love, and they have an enthusiasm for the game which is unmatched,” McCullum said.
Considering his performance in the last 2 years in CSK, McCullum has scored 841 runs in 28 matches with five half-centuries and a century. Adding to that, how can anyone forget his 158-not-out in the first match of IPL while he wore the black and gold jersey of Kolkata Knight Riders.
McCullum would be sharing his new dressing room with some old pals for sure as his 5-member Rajkot team after the IPL draft has 4 CSK members already. Missing the presence of MS Dhoni, McCullum would have Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo as his familiar company. Asked if he would miss sharing the dressing room with the likes of Dhoni, McCullum chose to look at the brighter side. “In the Rajkot team, I will still be playing alongside Suresh (Raina), Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo, with whom I have had a wonderful time at CSK,” said McCullum, who has 2080 runs from 76 IPL matches.
Will he be ready to lead if his franchise wants him to? “I think it’s too early to speak on it as the draft itself has just happened,” the New Zealander answered.