Brendon McCullum will be always remembered for his contribution in making Indian Premier League (IPL) a grand success. Apprehensions were all around when the league was about to get underway in 2008. It was the first time the game was witnessing such a league and a good start was the need of the hour. And McCullum rose to the occasion, tearing apart Royal Challengers Bangalore’s bowling lineup en-route to his scintillating knock of 158 not out.
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Since then, McCullum was an integral part of the league. He has, so far, played in every edition of the league since its inception. He represented Kolkata (2008-10 and 2012-13), Kochi Tuskers Kerala (2011), Chennai (2014-15), Gujarat Lions (2016-17) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (2018). However, his journey in the IPL seems to have ended in a disappointing manner. The former New Zealand skipper did not attract any buyer in the recently-concluded auction. With age not on his side, the 37-year old looks more than unlikely to return to the league as player again.
Despite performing poorly in the last edition of the league, McCullum set his base price at INR 2 crore. But no franchise was willing to take the risk and McCullum went unsold. He was one of the 11 players from New Zealand who failed to find a buyer in the auction. And McCullum is now aware that his time might have ended. In a recent interview, the former New Zealand skipper hinted at retiring from all forms of the game.
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“That’s the way things go sometimes. I’ve been very lucky, I’ve had 11 seasons in the IPL and at some stage you need to transition away from the playing stuff,” he told Radio Sport.
McCullum had retired from international cricket in 2016 but has continued to play in T20 leagues around the world. He has plied his trade in Big Bash League, Pakistan Super League, Caribbean Premier League and other famous tournaments.
“All good things must come to an end, and I was very delighted to see some of the Kiwi boys got picked up. I’m certainly not too worried about it; it’s the way the game goes sometimes. I certainly wish the other boys all the best and you never know, you just never know what might unfold in the future,” he added.
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