Brendon McCullum has announced his retirement from the game of cricket today calling a press conference. After playing the home Test series against archrival Australia, he will hang his bat in February 2016. He made his debut as an explosive lower order wicketkeeper batsman but ended the career as a sucessful clean hitter of the ball.
The first phase of his career was full of inconsistency, but after 2008, he transformed into a trusted New Zealand opener. His ability to play the first bowlers made him look gorgeous on the cricket field.
His reflection and intensity were exemplary in limited over cricket. The chivalry he had shown infront of 149 km/h delivery has enough to earn the respect of cricket fan. He stepped out to hit a fast ball for massive six to derail the movement.
He was known as the Bazz for his clean hitting ability. His shocking retirement from the game without playing the next year’s T20 India shocked many. Among the contemporary batsman, he is one of the fascniting hitters of the white ball.
His fearless brand of cricket made his batting look easy. But, unlike other classy batsmen, who rely on timing rather than punch, McCulllum used the popping crease to a level from where everybody can think but can’t show the guts to play like McCullum.
There is always a danger to get hit on the body while playing a fast bowler stepping out. McCullum did it to every bowler and everywhere.
He did it the first time at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore for Kolkata in the first IPL match of inaugural IPL.
In domestic T20 McCullum’s teammate, Tim Southee did not even get rid of his batting style. During a match between Otago Voltage and Norther Districts, McCullum hit four towering sixes of Southee in one over.
It is a piece of a pure arrogance.
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