Cricketers come and go. Some turn into legends. Some others do not. However, there are a very few who manage to etch their name in every cricket fan’s mind; that is the impact they make with their presence in the game. Brendon McCullum, who has already bowled out of the One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) was dismissed for one final time in the whites on Monday. His scores in his final Test were 145 and 25 respectively. McCullum was one of those few cricketers who registered a world record in his final match, when he slammed the fastest Test knock. That ensured Christchurch and the rest of the world witnessed the typical “Brendon McCullum” innings for one last time! The hosts have not defeated Australia at home in a Test since 1993, where the Black Caps were led by Martin Crowe. After Crowe, New Zealand have been led by seven more Test skippers before McCullum. It is now Baz’s chance to go out on a high with a long-awaited Test win against Australia at home.  FULL SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Australia, 2nd Test at Christchurch

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McCullum, who made his Test debut in 2004 against South Africa at Hamilton, played 101 Tests with 6,453 runs to his name with 12 centuries and 51 half-centuries. The aggressive batsman broke the all-time record of most sixes in the longest format with 107 sixes, surpassing Adam Gilchrist (100). Only Chris Gayle, who has hit 98 sixes in Tests, from the current playing cricketers can surpass that — if he goes on to play any Tests, that is. McCullum’s top three best scores have been against India, which includes that fantastic triple century at Wellington. We bring you some of his best knocks in Test cricket:

145 vs Australia at Christchurch, February 20, 2016:

McCullum signed off in his indomitable style when he slammed the fastest ever Test century in his final international appearance, against Australia at Christchurch. In his 101st Test — all played consecutively since debut — he smashed 145 runs off 79 balls after coming in to bat at 32 for 3 on a seaming wicket. For context, Kane Williamson faced 10 balls less than McCullum and scored just 7 runs. The Australian bowlers, well on top of proceedings till McCullum came to the crease, were clueless once he unleashed himself, thrashing 21 boundaries and 6 sixes before falling to a good catch off the bowling of James Pattinson.

302 vs India at Wellington, February 14, 2014:



Basin Reserve saw the best out of McCullum despite being under pressure. Batting first, New Zealand were bowled out for 192 and in reply, the Indians managed to take a lead of 246 runs, thanks to Ajinkya Rahane’s century and Shikhar Dhawan’s 98 off 127 balls. Once again Zaheer Khan ran over the Black Caps’ top-order and when McCullum entered, the hosts were struggling at 52 for 3. The rest is history! McCullum went on to bat for 775 minutes, smashing 559-ball 302 which included 32 boundaries and 4 sixes. READ: Brendon McCullum: Top 8 limited-overs innings of the New Zealand giant

202 vs Pakistan at Sharjah, November 26, 2014:

It was the final Test of their three-Test series with Pakistan leading 1-0 after the two games. And the match will always be remembered for McCullum and New Zealand’s spirit for not celebrating their performances as a tribute to late Phillip Hughes. The New Zealand skipper played one of his best Test knocks that came off just 188 balls consisting of 11 sixes and 21 boundaries. Not one milestone was celebrated. The Black Caps not bowl a single bouncer, yet won the match by an innings and 80 runs. That was one of those instances when McCullum’s leadership once again won hearts across the globe.

104 vs Australia at Wellington, March 19, 2010:

Although McCullum’s efforts were not enough to win New Zealand the match, it was a delight to watch. It is something fans will miss after the second Test at Christchurch against Australia. Batting first, Michael Clarke and Marcus North’s tons put Australia ahead with 459 runs in the first innings. That was followed by Doug Bollinger’s excellence who ran over the hosts with 5 wickets, resulting in New Zealand facing a follow-on. McCullum’s best was saved for the second innings, McCullum entered when New Zealand were 6 down. He frustrated the visitors for 232 minutes, facing 187 balls for 104. Had he batted more, New Zealand could have pulled a draw in that Test.

195 vs Sri Lanka at Christchurch, December 26, 2014:

The win in that Test made it special for New Zealand in numerous ways. It was the first Test at Christchurch since the earthquake and New Zealand’s win was a tribute to many lives lost in the natural disaster. McCullum’s 195 in the first innings helped the hosts to post 441 in the first innings. The duo of Trent Boult and Tim Southee handled the rest and ensured the Black Caps won a fifth Test in 2014, making it the best year for them in their Test history.

97 vs England at Lord’s, May 15, 2008:



Once again, McCullum was required following the batting collapse of their top-order. His run-a-ball 97 runs guaranteed a decent score of 277 in the first innings. It was the first of their three-Test series which the visitors lost 0-2. McCullum mostly scored in single digits in the next two Tests, which happened to be one of the reasons for New Zealand to lose the series.

(Sakshi Gupta, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a sports fanatic whose mantra in life is “do only what you enjoy.” Her Twitter handle is @sakshi2929)