Brendon McCullum's form will be key for CSK's success in the IPL © IANS
Brendon McCullum’s form will be key for CSK’s success in the IPL © IANS

Brendon McCullum remained unbeaten on a 56-ball 100 for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in his side’s 45-run win. But he refused to take the limelight and credited his teammates for the victory. He also had words of encoouragement for his Kiwi teammates—Trent Boult and Kanme Willismson, who he says will get better and better with every game they play. CSK vs SRH IPL 2015: Nice to get the nod ahead of Dale Steyn, says Trent Boult

“They will get better and better. It is great to see them here and they have earned their right to play in the IPL. They have performed magnificently for New Zealand for a long period of time. It is really nice to see them getting recognized for that. It takes a while to adjust to the hype around the IPL, different conditions and different teammates,” McCullum said, according to Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2015, Match 4 at Chennai

“I hope to see them put out some strong performances in the next few games. I thought Trent (Boult) bowled really well today but was unlucky not to get many wickets. He is going to be an outstanding bowler in this form of the game as well and it is really good to see him get his opportunity,” he added. Chennai Super Kings’ batting was dynamic and sensible against Sunrisers Hyderabad’, says Stephen Fleming

McCullum also played a couple of scoop shots over the wicket keeper’s head.  “I used to do it a while ago. I found it hard to hit the ball down the ground on this surface. I saw the bowler going for the yorker and so I tried to use his pace and guide it backwards. It wasn’t something pre-planned, more of thinking on your feet,” said the New Zealand skipper. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), IPL 2015: Highlights

McCullum’s innings reminded many of the first ever IPL match back in 2008. he downplayed the brilliance of that inningsand said, “Yes, it was a long time ago. I vaguely remember that innings. It was nice to make some contribution; I was disappointed to miss out in the first game. I would really give credit to my partners for this innings. Partnerships are so important in T20 cricket and we had three our four today which let us post that total. It also allows you to play with freedom.” Chennai Super Kings (CSK) thrash Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 45 runs in IPL 2015

“It was a really thorough performance from us tonight and we set stride in the right direction after a pretty scrappy win in the last match. It will get harder now because we play away from home and so it is good to have two wins upfront,” he added.  CSK vs SRH, IPL 2015: Brendon McCullum scores 2nd IPL century