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Sachin Tendulkar's Effusive 'fine Balance' Praise For New Zealand's Brendon McCullum Is A Must-read

Written By Karthik Nair | Mumbai | Published:

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  • One of New Zealand's most iconic cricketers Brendon McCullum announced his retirement from all forms of the game on Monday
  • The ex-Kiwi skipper has said that he would only be calling it quits after the conclusion of the ongoing edition of the  Global T20 Canada
  • McCullum had led New Zealand to their first ever World Cup final in 2015

One of New Zealand's most iconic cricketers Brendon McCullum announced his retirement from all forms of the game on Monday. However, the former Kiwi skipper has said that he would only be calling it quits after the conclusion of the ongoing edition of the  Global T20 Canada where he is currently playing. McCullum is currently representing  Toronto Nationals which is led by former Team India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh. 

This news was confirmed by the veteran batsman on his official Twitter handle with a note. Take a look.

The end of his message read 'Its been one hell of a ride but I've always maintained that all good things must come to an end'. 

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As the dynamic Black Caps batsman is looking to move on from cricket, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has come forward to congratulate him on an illustrious cricketing career. The Little Master took to Twitter and wrote that McCullum's contribution to New Zealand cricket has been terrific and that there was a fine balance between his fearless approach and focus on technique. The batting legend then concluded by saying that the brand of cricket that he had encouraged his team to play was always entertaining.

Read Sachin's tweet here:

Even the netizens came forward to hail the New Zealander.

Bazz's cricketing legacy

McCullum who is nicknamed as 'Bazz' has represented New Zealand in 101 Tests, 260 ODIs and 71 T20Is. He had announced his retirement from international cricket back in early 2016. Nonetheless, he continued to play franchise cricket. He had played his last IPL in 2018 for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The 37-year-old had also called it a day from the Big Bash League (BBL) earlier this year where he was representing Brisbane Heats. Last month, the charismatic cricketer was named as the batting coach of two-time winners Kolkata Knight Riders. In fact, Bazz's association with KKR dates back to the inaugural edition in 2008 where he had lit up the tournament with a spectacular 158 against RCB in the opening match. 

Brendon McCullum had also led New Zealand to their maiden World Cup final in 2015 which was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. They finished as the runners-up after the Aussies had completely outplayed them in a lop-sided contest. Opening the innings, Bazz was castled by Mitchell Starc in the very first over and arguably it sealed New Zealand's fate in that summit clash. 

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