As Brendon McCullum announced his retirement Kane Williamson succeeded him as a T20 captain for New Zealand. It is a shocking news that McCullum, being one of the explosive batsmen of temporary cricket, will bid adieu the game after playing the home Test series against archrival Australia in February.
Kane Williamson, who was newly crowned as the No. 1 Test batsman in the world, will lead New Zealand the in the shortest format cricket jamboree in India in March.
Kane Williamson since his international debut has been the most prolific run scorer in all three formats. He is the only eight batsman in the history who has scored 2500 plus Test runs in a calendar year.
Brendon McCullum endorsed his teammate for the Test captaincy as well. McCullum while addressing the press conference on Tuesday morning said, Williamson “is a genius”. “He’s the consummate professional and a champion fella and he’s only 25.”
“He’s going to be one the greatest in my opinion,” McCullum stated.
Williamson has finished the highest scorer in ODI as well. He scored 1317 runs in 26 matches at an average of 57.26.
But, Bazz’s retirement is shocking as he will not play the World T20. But, no doubt he is leaving a great team who are now a force to reckon with in international cricket.
McCullum during the World Cup 2015 at home has played an aggressive brand of cricket. He opening the innings never thought about the fate of the match. He knew that with a formidable middle order by his side he did not need to think much about his batting. Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Grant Elliot helped him to adopt an explosive batting style.
Kane Williamson, 25, has already shown that he is ready to lead the side. During the Australia tour, he played a brilliant 140 run innings at an unfamiliar condition. His innings did not save New Zealand from the defeat but definitely saved them from humiliation.
In the second Test at Perth, Wiliamson played a 166 runs innings and built 265 runs partnership with Ross Taylor, who scored 290. New Zealand produced a historic draw with Australia. Australia batting first scored 559. In reply, New Zealand scored 624.
At this juncture New Zealand cricket board executive David White welcomed McCullum decision as the captain announced his decision calling a press conference to avoid any misunderstanding ahead of imminent T2- squad selection for World T20 in India.
“Given the questions likely to be raised when the ICC World T20 squad is announced, it was thought better to be upfront and explain the situation now,” White said.
White also said they will organise a special ceremony for their most successful captain.
McCullum, who made his test debut against South Africa in Hamilton in 2004, initially forged a career as an explosive lower-order wicketkeeper-batsman.
However,the indication of McCullum’s retirement was first sensed during New Zealand’s Zimbabwe and South Africa tour. McCullum was rested for both series, Kane Williamson led those two series. Williamson lost the South Africa ODI series and won the Zimbabwe series But he drew the T20 series in South Africa and won the only T20 against Zimbabwe.