New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has been a sensation in international cricket. The maverick right-handed batsman has set new standards with his aggressive batting. According to a report from AFP, McCullum on Tuesday said that he will retire from all forms of international cricket after the second Test of the three-Test series against Australia in February next year.

The 34-year old New Zealand skipper will bid farewell to international cricket after playing his final Test at his hometown Christchurch against Australia. This announcement means McCullum won’t feature in the ICC World Twenty20 (T20) which commences in the month of March. He wouldn’t have announced his retirement so soon but as the squad for World T20 is set to be declared, he wanted to avoid this confusion and was quoted in a report from AFP saying, “Ideally, I would have preferred to wait until after the Test in Christchurch to make this news public. However, the schedule for naming the ICC World T20 squads means I couldn’t have managed this without causing a lot of confusion and speculation, something I was keen to avoid.”

McCullum is the joint holder with Adam Gilchrist for hitting the most number of sixes in whites and further said, “There’s a time and place for reflection and that’s at the end of your career.” He is also the leading run scorer in T20 internationals with 2,140 runs from 71 matches at an impressive average of 35.66. Kane Williamson, who has been New Zealand’s most prolific batsman across formats, was in no time declared their new skipper for the World T20. Recently, McCullum broke AB de Villiers’ record of most number of Test appearances since debut of 98 matches when he played his 99th game against Sri Lanka at Hamilton. Before that, McCullum also shattered Gilchrist’s record of 96 Tests on a trot.

The announcement has taken many by surprise, considering its timing. McCullum could have been a huge asset for his team during the upcoming mega event. His decision will surely leave fans and cricket experts sad as well as annoyed to some extent. Let’s take a look at some of the top tweets that came in as a reaction to his announcement.