Brendon McCullum had a successful career as a captain and player for New Zealand. He liked to open the attack on the oppositions from the word go. Brendon McCullum had a ‘hit out or get out’ sort of temperament and his natural game benefited the Kiwis to the fore. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson spoke about his predecessor in an interaction with Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal and touched upon several points.
McCullum retired from international cricket after Global T20 Canada league in 2019. Apart from playing his national time he also plied his trade for franchise leagues across the world. McCullum will always be remembered for setting the tone in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with his blitzkreig knock of 158 runs for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Sometimes Brendon McCullum saw Tests as an ODI game: Kane Williamson
Speaking about McCullum, Williamson said sometimes he would approach ODI as T20s and Test as an ODI game and would go on to score runs in a haze. He also added that McCullum achieved all his success due to his natural game as it complimented him in a big way.
“Sometimes he saw it as a T20 and Test cricket as an ODI game and then he would go out and score incredibly quickly,” Kane Williamson said in an Instagram live video chat with Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal.
“Brendon played his natural game and it brought a lot of success to us, Brendon was so gifted in his approach to the game, it really complimented the team in a big way.”
McCullum retired with over 14,000 runs in international cricket and a decent strike rate across format. He also led New Zealand to the 2015 World Cup final.