Top five memorable innings by New Zealand legend Brendon McCullum
The Kiwi batsman was well known for his explosive batting style and he proved his mettle once last time when he smashed the fastest century in Test history in the first innings of his farewell match.cricket Updated: Feb 22, 2016 13:35 IST
Brendon McCullum drew the curtain on his batting career as he was dismissed on the third day of the second Test match against Australia in Christchurch on Monday.
The Kiwi batsman was well known for his explosive batting style and he proved his mettle once last time when he smashed the fastest century in Test history in the first innings of his farewell match.
Here’s a look at the top five innings played by Brendon McCullum in his illustrious career.
302 vs India ( February 2014, Wellington)
This innings by Brendon McCullum is a brilliant example of his stupendous batting talent and impeccable timing as he became the first ever New Zealand batsman to score a triple century in Test matches. He batted 775 minutes, faced 559 balls, hit 32 fours and four sixes in defying a decent Indian attack for more than two days.
202 vs Pakistan (November 2014, Sharjah)
This was an emotional innings for the Kiwi batsman as the Test match was played shortly after the death of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes who passed away during a domestic game. Batting with the initials PH beneath the silver fern on his shirt, McCullum said he was relying on instinct as he smacked the fastest century by a New Zealand batsman at that point, reaching triple figures in 78 deliveries.
59 vs South Africa (March 2015, Auckland)
Set a revised target of 299 to reach the final, McCullum provided the Kiwis with a brilliant start to the innings as he made 59 off 26 balls to lay the foundation for one of the most famous victories in the history of New Zealand cricket.
77 vs England (February 2015, Wellington)
The Kiwi bowlers were in great form when they faced England in the group stage of the ICC World Cup 2015 and thanks to their brilliant performance, England was bowled out for 123. But, it was only half of their misery as McCullum scored the fastest World Cup fifty off just 18 balls, and New Zealand reached the target in just 12.2 overs.
145 vs Australia (February 2016, Christchurch)
McCullum made sure that his farewell Test will also go down in the cricket folklore as he smashed the fastest Test century of all time in just 54 balls against an in-form Aussie bowling line-up. He was equally destructive against every Australian bowler and his 79-ball innings comprised of 21 fours and 6 huge over-boundaries.
First Published: Feb 22, 2016 13:00 IST