Brendon McCullum has probably played last great innings of his life, if something same does not happen in the second innings against Australia in his farewell Test at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. He plucks records and touch the statistics of many hues.
Just like his personality that modified New Zealand cricket, McCullum in front of his home crowd found content and confident and not bothered by the Australian bowlers who utilizing the green of the Hagley Oval pitch have gone through the New Zealand top order. But, the Bazz did not lose his strength of hand and front foot. He has the reflection like a bird. So, gave back what Australian bowlers did to the Black Caps in the morning, being a warrior he fought with fire and parked Australian attack in the picturesque stands.
He broke the record of fastest Test century as he scored 54 balls hundred. But, two years ago at Basin Reserve, Wellington he showed his different color where he batted with patience and played 559 balls to score 302 to save a Test. He fought with India who were top of the Black Caps to win the Test, but his innings deprived the Indians of a Test win. These are two different shades of McCullum. He has the ability to manipulate the game as per his wish. He is a perfect team man who does not care about his own records but thinks about the team.
Two shades of McCullum
|18 February 2014
|20 February, 2016
With this scintillating hundred, McCullum also enters the elite pack of cricketers who scored more than one hundred in less than 100 balls. This is McCullum’s fourth hundred which came in less than hundred balls.
Only nine players have scored hundred less than hundred. Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag tops the list.
|No. of hundred
||Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum
||Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Brian Lara, Shahid Afridi, David Warner
McCullum’s 79 balls onslaught is also the 10th hundred by New Zealand batsmen in less than hundred balls. Among the Test playing countries New Zealand equaled the record of Pakistan’s record of 10 hundred in less than 100 balls. Both New Zealand and Pakistan are at No. 3 now. Among all Test playing nations, Indian batsmen have scored 100 in less than hundred balls for 16 times, the highest in the history.
|No. of 100
||Australia and West Indies
||New Zealand and Pakistan
||South Africa and Sri Lanka
However, there is a scope that McCullum can cancel his retirement plan if he scores another big innings in the second innings. This is just a speculation given the example of England cricketer Andy Sandham who scored 325 and 50 in his final Test at Kingston in April 1930. After the end of the match, Sandham cancelled his retirement plan. So, now the question is would McCullum do the same or he follows his words?