Brendon McCullum © Getty Images
Brendon McCullum © Getty Images

New Zealand’s retiring skipper Brendon McCullum has described Kane Williamson, who was named as skipper for the national team for ICC World Twenty20 next year, as ‘a champion fella’ and tipped the star batsman to be one of the greatest in the game. McCullum, who announced that he will call curtains on his international career from all forms of international cricket in February, labelled Williamson as a genius and described the new number one Test batsman as a consummate professional, Stuff.co.nz reported. The swashbuckling batsman will play a world-record 100th successive Test from his debut against Australia in Wellington from February 12 and will retire after the second and final match of that series, in Christchurch from February 20. ALSO READ: Brendon McCullum to quit international cricket following Test series against Australia

McCullum’s 101st and last Test will be the second Test against Australia which starts in his home town, Christchurch, on February 20. The 34-year-old said his retirement meant he would not be in the New Zealand team to be named soon for the ICC World T20 in India from March 8 to April 3. McCullum recently broke Ab de Villiers’ record of most number of consecutive Tests since debut with his appearance in the second Test against Sri Lanka in the 2-match Test series. It was McCullum’s 99th Test since debut de Villiers held the record of 98 consecutive Tests since debut. ALSO READ: Brendon McCullum breaks AB de Villiers’ record of most number of consecutive Tests since debut

Many from across the world have paid tribute to McCullum through Twitter. Many of them are taken aback as he retired from all formats with just few months to go for ICC World t20 2016. McCullum is the leading run-scorer in T20 Internationals with over 2,000 runs and is the only player to have scored two T20I centuries. McCullum believes that there is a time and place to reflect on achievements and that is at the end of the career.