Brendon McCullum Announces His Retirement From Cricket

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Brendon McCullum Announces His Retirement From Cricket 

Brendon McCullum Announces His Retirement From Cricket
Brendon McCullum (Image Credit: Google)

Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has announced his retirement from cricket. After the ongoing Global T20 Canada, McCullum will hang his boot.

Brendon McCullum is a dashing batsman. He is successful in every role – as a batsman, wicketkeeper, non-wicketkeeping fielder, captain etc. Under his captaincy, New Zealand reached the final of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. It was New Zealand’s first CWC final, but they lost that final against Australia.

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Brendon McCullum, retirement
Brendon McCullum (Image Credit: Google)

Brendon McCullum retired from the international cricket in February 2016. In his final international match, McCullum smashed the fastest Test century as he hit that century in just 54 balls against Australia at Christchurch.

Brendon McCullum, retirement
Brendon McCullum (Image Credit: Getty Images)

McCullum played 101 Tests, 260 ODIs and 71 T20Is where he scored 6,453 runs (average 38.64), 6,083 runs (average 30.41) and 2,140 runs (average 35.66) respectively. In his international career, McCullum also took only Test wicket.

Brendon McCullum was a regular player in global T20 leagues

Brendon McCullum is a familiar and popular face in the global T20 leagues. Apart from the ongoing GT20 in Canada, he featured in the IPL, BBL, BPL, CPL, PSL, England T20 leagues etc.

McCullum played 109 IPL matches where he scored 2,880 runs with an average of 27.69. In the very first game of the IPL history, McCullum smashed a giant century (158*) playing for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). This knock is currently the second-highest individual score in IPL history.

Brendon McCullum, retirement
Brendon McCullum scored 158* in the first game of IPL history (Image Credit: Google)

McCullum played 150 first-class matches, 309 List A games and 370 T20s where the aggressive right-handed batsman scored 9,210 runs, 7,373 runs and 9,922 runs respectively.

Currently, McCullum is serving for Toronto Nationals in the GT20, where the former star Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh is leading the side. In this tournament, the 37-year-old McCullum has played two matches where he has scored 40 runs (average 20.00).

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Earlier, he has a plan to serve for Glasgow Giants in the inaugural Euro T20 Slam (2019). This tournament will begin on 30th August 2019. But he has now decided not to play this tournament as he will hang his boot before this tournament.

Recently, McCullum has released a statement on his retirement from cricket. He is now getting ready to take the media and coaching challenge.

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