It’s hard to forget those who gave you so much to remember.
The World has never seen and perhaps never see the likes of a player like this McCullum ever again. Brash, gutsy and impulsive, he is not your regular hard-hitting batsman. He is such a devastating firepower, who can blow off any opposition on pitch conditions. On Saturday afternoon at the Hagley Oval, he scripted another world record to his name by slamming the World’s Fastest Test Hundred. The 34 year old New Zealand Captain hit a perfect farewell knock in his last International game, bringing an end to his illustrious 14 year old career. He slammed the fastest hundred in just 54 deliveries, beating the previous best of Viv Richards and Misbah-ul-Haq in 56 deliveries. In his trademark style, he began attacking right-away and stepped on the accelerator. He scored a mammoth 145 runs in 79 balls at a breath-taking Test strike rate of 184, to bail his team out of the trouble.
The day, in no sense, looked to favour McCullum and his teammates. McCullum first lost a crucial toss at the Hagley Oval and were put into bat first. Australian bowlers then created havoc in the middle by taking full use of the lively pitch and troubled the New Zealand batsmen. Runs were not coming off the bat and wickets were also falling from the other end. Martin Guptill, Tom Latham and Kane Williamson, all made the walk back inside the first 20 overs of play, with the scoreboard reading 32-3. These were far-from-ideal circumstances for a fastest Test century record, but McCullum decided to take the bull by its horns. He began finding the gaps and slicing the deliveries to the boundary even as every Australian bowler tried their best to contain him. But with McCullum already decided to give his best for the last match of his career, the second Test in this Trans-Tasman Trophy turned into an exciting contest.
There was a slice of luck thought, at the score of 39 when he flicked James Pattinson to Mitchell Marsh who took an outstanding catch, only to later discover that it was a no-ball. It was a deadly mistake for Australia who would soon realize it.
Brendon McCullum then continued on his voyage, literally slamming every delivery towards the boundary rope. He reached triple figures consuming just 54 deliveries but didn’t stop there either. He hit as many as twenty one 4’s and six 6’s to bail out New Zealand from a hopeless position. His entertaining innings came to an end when Pattinson dismissed him in the 46th over.
Brendon McCullum’s innings will always be remembered for its audacity and excitement. He injected life into a dull game. He saved his best for his last game. But the question is that is it really a good time for him to retire? He’s only 34 years and at such peak form. It’s certainly a big loss for the New Zealand cricket.