It’s obvious, there aren’t many men who have revolutionised cricket, and right at the top of that list is Brendon McCullum. His no fear, and positive attitude towards all forms of cricket, has inspired many a team and individual. He announced his retirement from cricket earlier in the week, and will finish after the test series v Australia in February 2016.
McCullum is currently playing in a ODI series v Sri Lanka after leading the black caps to a 2-0 test series win. They currently lead the ODI series 1-0 after cruising to a 7 wicket victory, where McCullum himself got them off to a rocketing start by scoring 55 off 35 balls. His side chased down 188 in 21 overs, stating their intent and setting a benchmark for the rest of the series. Martin Guptill, Brendon’s opening partner, scored 79, as the two put on 108 inside 10 overs. The series continue on the 27th December at 10 pm UK GMT at the Hagley Oval.
One team who have benefited the most from McCullum’s contagious antics, are England. Eoin Morgan, after a dismal World cup have a lot to thank him for, after beating McCullum’s men at their own game, and introducing a similar policy in their test game, to help England regain the ashes later that summer.
The whole of the cricketing world has a lot to thank Brendon for, taking the 2015 world cup by storm. He lead his side to the final, where they were comfortably beaten by Australia, who they had beaten earlier in the tournament in one of the matches of the century. He encouraged his team to not be afraid of failure, and look to enjoy themselves. He will leave the dressing room in a goos state and in a position where there are many leaders who have learnt off Brendon. He always put his team first, and the relationship with his players is outstanding. The dressing room’s morale, will always be high because they have learnt to enjoy their cricket and always be smiling when they are out on the field. New Zealand can look forward to welcoming a lot of new younger faces into their squads who will be introduced to McCullum’s philosophy, which helps young players settle into International cricket, and with no doubt helps their confidence.
He has left New Zealand cricket in a much better state than he found it. His captaincy is likely to be passed on to Ross Taylor, or Kane Williamson for all formats of the games. They will have a huge gap to fill, but McCullum will only want them to play cricket in the right manner and attitude. Players such as Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Tim Southee and Trent Boult will all now play key parts in all forms of the game, where they will look to help New Zealand play to the best of their ability and rise to the top end of the ICC rankings, where they belong.
McCullum will be missed on the International stage, but has changed the way the spirit that cricket is played in. His team always played the etiquette game whilst they were under him, which a few teams could learn a few things off. Mccollum always wanted to play the game in the right manner, and respect the opposition and his players. This is how he gained so much respect from the sporting world. He will leave cricket as one of the great modern captains.