Brandon McCullum could not be controlled even in the concluding ODI of his career. The match between Australia and New Zealand in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy culminated with the series win for the Kiwi Team. McCullum’s streak, as ever, was one of the vitals in the victory. The player has been always a center of attraction for cricket fans who watch cricket live online. For spectators on stadium, his lighting speed stints offered the best instances of any New Zealand match.
As a batsman, McCullum is a nightmare for bowlers. The batsman transforms himself to a destructive giant, smashing any type of deliveries shot at his wicket. Since his international debut in 2002, the player notched an ODI hundred only after years in 2008. He is among those batsmen who has no high runs added to their personal tallies but have the most impactful thrust on any match. He has been one of the fastest batsmen in ODI and T20 cricket.
In this match with Bangladesh, McCullum bagged the victory almost singlehandedly. Batting first, the Asian team could only scratch out 93 runs in the first inning. It was the third ODI of a three match tournament. The next inning of the match was an epic for the batsmen where be scored 80 runs in 28 balls leaving only a handful to be achieved by his partner.
The T20 match between Australia and New Zealand was substantial as it became the determinant to a series win by the Kiwis. It was the second match of the tournament following a victory for Aussies. New Zealand was under an obvious pressure and it was in such condition when McCullum did salvaged the team. He emerged as the most destructive batsman for Australian bowlers in the inning knocking down 116 in 56 deliveries, ending the match as a tie.
The next instance was in a 2012 T20 World Cup Group match. It was against the team Bangladesh, where the hard hitter smashed 123 off 58 balls. Bangladeshi bowlers was left stricken as they knew no way to stop the fierce batsman. The match turned the table in favor of the Kiwis, as they could notch a victory by 59 runs following a whitewash by the same team.
It was the match against England in the ICC World Cup Tournament. The group match itself turned out to be historic with New Zealand defeating the oppositions in just 12.2 overs. They chased the meagre score of 124 posed by the English squad. The chief architect of the victory was McCullum, who hammered 77 runs off just 25 deliveries. His 7 sixes and 8 fours were like blots to England’s bowlers.
The last ODI match for Brandon McCullum is also a souvenir for the batsmen. In the faceoff against Australia, the player smashed 47 runs off 27 balls setting a strong foundation for a victorious score. It was just another example of his adroitness as a batsman adding to scores like 40 off 19 balls, 59 or 26 deliveries and so on. There are only handful of players who has impacted their teams as that of McCullum.
As a Skipper, the hard hitter is among the most successful captains of New Zealand. His winning streaks are the finest examples of aggressive modern cricket. McCullum will remain one of the most prized ODI players as he retires from the limited overs format. However, the player has definitely more to show off as more cricket matches are in pipeline.
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