Mumbai, February 22: Brendon McCullum’s farewell from Test cricket couldn’t have been any better. Scoring a 54-ball hundred on his swansong rewriting the record books he may not have expected, to say the least. By this knock, the Kiwi batsman surpassed the record of fastest century in Test cricket in 56 balls, jointly held by legendary Viv Richards and Pakistani Misbah-ul Haq.
McCullum’s final hundred didn’t go unnoticed for sure as it earned accolades from none other than the previous record-holder Richards. The former West Indies captain applauded the New Zealander and said that he was a great of fan of the swashbuckling batsman.
“Let me take this opportunity to congratulate Brendon… (I’ve) been a great fan of yours for many years. Well done on your achievement,” Richards said in a statement from Pakistan Super League (PSL) side Quetta Gladiators.
“And if there was going to be an individual who you would’ve liked to have surpassed whatever you would’ve achieved in life, certainly it would be you. You’re one of those individuals who help to put bums on seats. Long may that continue. Well done, man,” the statement added. (Also Read: New Zealand, Australia teams mark quake anniversary)
Richards’ praise came just on heels of McCullum’s remark on Saturday that he was bit embarrassed to break the record held Viv as he looked upon the Caribbean batsman as his ‘idol’ since childhood.
However, the situation McCullum came in to bat, his team wasn’t in good shape as they were tottering at 32 for three on Day One of the first Test against Australia in Christchurch. McCullum’s 145 helped the New Zealanders score a respectable 320 in the first essay.
The 34-year-old hard-hitter is hanging up his boots after this Test and will finish at 6000-odd runs from 100 Tests at an average of a tad over 38. He has 11 centuries to his kitty in the longer version of the game.