In the IPL, McCullum has played 109 matches scoring 2881 runs at an average of 27.70 and strike rate of 131.61
In the IPL, McCullum has played 109 matches scoring 2881 runs at an average of 27.70 and strike rate of 131.61

Former New Zealand international and one of the early pioneers of T20 cricket, Brendon McCullum, won’t be featuring in the Indian Premier League for the first time since its inaugural edition way back in 2008, when he lit the tournament alight with a blazing 158* off 73 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening match of the tournament, but the 37-year-old isn’t really ruffled with the snub.

“That’s the way things go sometimes. I’ve been very lucky, I’ve had 11 seasons in the IPL and at some stage you need to transition away from the playing stuff,” McCullum told Radio Sport, as reported by tvnz.co.nz.

“All good things must come to an end, and I was very delighted to see some of the Kiwi boys got picked up. I’m certainly not too worried about it; it’s the way the game goes sometimes. I certainly wish the other boys all the best and you never know, you just never know what might unfold in the future,” he added.

McCullum has not had a great 2018 in T20 cricket scoring 1033 runs in 44 innings at an average of 24.59 and strike-rate of 127.37. In comparison the highest run-getter in T20s this year is fellow New Zealand Colin Munro, who has 1529 runs in 47 matches – including T20Is – at an average of 34.75.

In the IPL, McCullum has played 109 matches scoring 2881 runs at an average of 27.70 and strike rate of 131.61. In the 2018 edition, McCullum, playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore, played six matches scoring 127 runs at an average of 21.16 and strike-rate of 144.31.

The IPL 2019 auctions saw a total of 60 players being sold out of which two New Zealand players earned new IPL contracts with Martin Guptill being signed up by Sunrisers Hyderabad late in to the auction for a base price of rs 1 crore, while pacer Lockie Ferguson was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 1.6 crore from a base price of Rs 1 crore.

Nine New Zealand players were retained by the franchises earlier on.

Retained players: Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee (RCB), Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne (MI), Trent Boult, Colin Munro (DC), Kane Williamson (SRH), Mitchell Santner (CSK) and Ish Sodhi (RR)