When Brendon McCullum bid farewell to the game, it was a pretty emotional moment for the players, New Zealand cricket and fans from around the world. It’s not often that cricket in the island nation stands tall, but due to the magnificence of the 34-year old as captain and batsman, New Zealand cricket has been on par with the All-Blacks Rugby side.
Check out some of his best innings in test matches.
97 vs England at Lord’s (2008)
McCullum came out to bat at a crucial juncture in the Lord’s Test during New Zealand’s tour of England in 2008. A top-order collapse required him to guide the Kiwis to a respectable score and he delivered. He scored a run-a-ball 97 which included 13 fours and two sixes and ensured that New Zealand posted 277 in the first innings, which eventually proved vital as the match ended in a draw due to rain.
104 v Australia at Wellington (2010)
Early declarations are something that sets Australia apart from the rest of the world in test cricket. They scored 495 in the first innings courtesy tons from Marcus North and Michael Clarke. New Zealand were made to follow-on after getting bowled out for 157. They were trailing by 119 runs, and were five down when McCullum walked out to bat. He frustrated the visitors with a 187-ball-104, and gave his side an outside chance of saving the test match. But after his wicket on the morning of the fifth day, the rest followed for just 19 runs, handing Australia a 10-wicket victory.
202 vs Pakistan at Sharjah (2014)
McCullum showed us why he is one of the most loved cricketers in the modern game in the last test match against Pakistan in the 2014 series in Sharjah. He and the New Zealand team will be remembered for not celebrating their performances for the entire duration of the match in the aftermath of Philip Hughes’ tragic death. He scored an aggressive 202 off 188 balls with 11 sixes and 21 boundaries which helped them win the match by an innings and 80 runs and level the series.
302 vs India at Wellington (2014)
At 52 for 3 and 194 runs behind, no one could have imagined a New Zealand comeback in the test match against India. Baz however, had other plans. He scored a stunning 302 off 559 balls with 32 boundaries and four sixes, becoming the first Kiwi batsman to score a triple century. By the time India got to bat again, it was lunch time on day five with a target of 435, thus ensuring that the match would end in a draw.
145 vs Australia at Christchurch (2016)
When Brendon McCullum walked out to bat in his final test match, the every New Zealander and the world took notice as it realised that one cricket’s greatest entertainers will no longer be wearing the Black Cap. McCullum delivered big in his final Test and the legendary Sir Viv Richards was bettered. He scored 145 off 79 balls, in the process scoring the fastest century in Test matches, in a mere 54 balls. He only scored 27 in the second innings but McCullum did what he did best for one last time representing the Kiwis – entertain.
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