Brendon McCullum opens up on his duel with Mitchell Starc in World Cup 2015 final

New Zealand locked horns with Australia in the most prestigious 2015 ICC World Cup final at Melbourne which saw the latter clinch their fifth grand title and were led Michael Clarke. Both the teams defeated some big names in the tournament and chiseled their path into the ultimate battle. Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was in an insane form as he took on the toughest bowling attacks with belligerence at the top and got an ideal start to his team on a consistent basis. A lot was expected from McCullum in this high-voltage encounter but Australian speedster Mitchell Starc had other ideas. He steamed in and scalped McCullum’s prized wicket in the very first over and put Australia on the driving seat. It wouldn’t be wrong to say this wicket changed the whole scenario of the game.  READ MORE: KL Rahul’s century on debut and 14 other statistical highlights from Zimbabwe vs India at Harare

McCullum on this occasion opened up on that lethal delivery which probably killed the final for his side. He heaped praise Starc and told cricket.com.au, “Mitchell Starc in the World Cup final, he was too good for me. You can’t be too proud to admit when someone’s better than you: that’s the beauty of the game. I walked off, I was content that I tried my best but Mitchell Starc on his day was too good. When he’s on song, he’s tough to play. He’s coming from 6 foot 7 or whatever he is, he’s bowling 150kph and swings the ball from the left arm.” ALSO READ: Twitterati hail KL Rahul on becoming first Indian to score a ton on ODI debut

Starc finished the tournament as the joint-highest wicket-taker of the tournament alongside Trnet Boult. The lanky left-arm pacer scalped 22 wickets in the entire tournament and bowled magnificently in every game. McCullum feels he can be one of the greatest and has a bright future. He said, “There have been guys who have had an impact for a short periods of time and that’s why I can’t wait to see Mitchell Starc’s development over the next few years,” McCullum said.  Because if he keeps doing what he’s done for a period of time, then that puts him in that category (amongst the best bowlers in the world).” READ MORE: Infographic: KL Rahul, the first Indian to score a century on ODI debut

“A guy like Mitchell Johnson did it for 13 years, (as did) Brett Lee in his pomp, Jason Gillespie, Glenn McGrath. Jimmy (James) Anderson with the Dukes ball, Stuart Broad as well – they’ve done it for a long, long period of time. Mitchell Starc’s got huge skills, and I’m not being disrespectful when I say it, but I think those others guys have had a bigger impact for longer”, McCullum added.

Fast bowlers are prone to injures and McCullum feels if Starc mnages to remain fit, he will certainly make a huge impact in the distant future. He said, “When he’s bowling as well as what he can, he’s a complete world-beater.  The challenge for Mitch, which we’ve seen over the last year or so, is that consistency. But I think he’s gotten bigger, he’s gotten faster and I think he’s understood his skills a little more over the last little while. So the next couple of years will be really interesting, especially to see how he comes back from this injury. It’s good for the game when he’s playing and at his best, because there aren’t too many commodities like him.”