Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum bagged an IPL contract for the Royal Challengers Bangalore for a price of Rs 3.6 crores on the 2nd day of the IPL Auctions and will be seen wearing the red golden jersey for the first time in the tournament. Royal Challengers Bangalore were the opponents against whom McCullum set the tournament ablaze ten years ago when he smashed a sensational 158 of a mere 73 deliveries while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Despite his retirement from international cricket, he is still a sensational batsman especially in the shortest format of the game and even today can take any star-studded bowling line-ups to the cleaners. He has been a champions batsman, wicket-keeper and a fielder for New Zealand and over the years he has been an asset for any T20 team in the tournaments held across the globe.
He has been a prolific run scorer in the IPL, and in his career so far he has scored 2753 runs in 103 IPL matches at an average of 28.09 and a strike rate of 131.22. He has smashed 124 sixes in his IPL career so far. He was a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders outfit for the first three seasons after which he moved to Kochi Tuskers Kerala. After their termination, he played for the Chennai Super Kings and the last two years he was part of the interim franchise Gujarat Lions.
He was very happy to be part of a new team and also stated the fact that he had dreamt of playing with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers together in the same team. Taking to his twitter handle, McCullum wrote:
“Very very happy to be joining up with @RCBTweets. In @imVkohli and @ABdeVilliers17, they are two blokes I have dreamed of playing with!
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) January 28, 2018
McCullum led New Zealand to their first World Cup final in 2015 but failed in the final hurdle against neighbours Australia. He also smashed the fastest Test century in his farewell Tests against the Aussies and the array of strokes even in his last match proved that he was far from over, but he decided to leave on a high.
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